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Sat, 17 Jul 2010 19:18:30 -0400
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I think the question might be about somebody else's speech, the one that
preceded Twain's on the subject of adultery, if I am reading the question
right.  I wrote the entry on the Onanism speech in the Mark Twain
Encyclopedia, so I did all the research on the topic that I could, and I
don't recall reading about the other speeches.

John Bird

-----Original Message-----
From: Mark Twain Forum [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Rick Talbot
Sent: Friday, July 16, 2010 6:49 PM
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Subject: Re: a request from Antioch University Los Angeles

Chronologically speaking, "Some Thoughts on the Science of Onanism" was
delivered to the Stomach Club in Paris in the spring of 1879. The speech
given before this one was earlier in the spring of 1879 also in Paris at the
Stanley Club Dinner. It was recorded as "Dinner Speech."
See Mark Twain Speaking by Paul Fatout, University of Iowa Press 1976 ISBN

Another resource might be MARK TWAIN'S SPEECHES. New York and London: Harper
& Brothers, 1910. BAL 3513.

The 1910 edition was the first collection of Twain's speeches, followed by
an edition in 1923 that added twenty-one more. Both are superseded by MARK
TWAIN SPEAKING (1976) which is harder to find in the first printing than
either the 1910 or 1923 collections.

Start with Fatout. I'm thinking he's your best bet.

Richard Talbot

-----Original Message-----
From: Mark Twain Forum [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Howard
Sent: Thursday, July 15, 2010 4:28 PM
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Subject: a request from Antioch University Los Angeles

Hello Twain List-ers

Professor Al Erdynast at AULA is trying to find the speech that proceeded
Twain's "The Science of Onanism" which Twain delivered at the Stomach Club
in Paris, 1879. The subject of that preceding speech was "adultery" and
Twain makes reference to it as he begins. If you could help us, we would be
deeply indebted.


Howard Harrelson
Student, MA in Psychology
Antioch University Los Angeles