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Richard Reineccius <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 27 Apr 2001 01:27:29 +0200
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Mac in the Sandwich Islands:  This is certainly the kind of research the
Papers / Project at the
Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley was established. Surely if you write a
letter to them, you'll
get permission to hop over to Oakland or San Francisco to look into the
question. They're always
short on funds, so the regular under-staff may not be able to do the job
themselves, or at least
not in a hurry.

At an all-night Twain reading for the Sesquicentennial in S.F. in 1985, some
people brought and
presented items from his Sandwich Island Lectures. According to legend and
fact, he was broke on
coming back from his first journey there, so he hired a hall and did up his
famous "The Trouble
Begins at 8" poster, and it got him a good (paying) crowd to come learn and
laugh. Out of the
lectures, he got the grant to travel and take notes for "Innocents Abroad,"
which modern
journalists credit (along with the Hawaii talks and writings) as being the
genesis of modern
travel writing.

Nobody read from a novel about Hawai'i/Sandwiches - which isn't to say he
didn't start one.

Richard R (Lodz, Poland)