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doug bridges <[log in to unmask]>
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Sat, 31 Jul 2010 19:03:25 -0700
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I have asked this previously, 3 or 4 years ago, but does anyone know of any 
comments Twain or SLC had about Lincoln?   Given that they lived only 100 miles 
apart when Sam was in Hannibal and that Twain commented on everyone else who was 
anyone (or no one)  it is hard to find  anything that Twain said about the giant 
of the  prairie.  I find that to be very curious, almost inexplicable, given 
their proximities and their comparable positions in American history and 

From: Gretchen Sharlow <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Fri, July 30, 2010 11:12:58 AM
Subject: Re: Lincoln = the MT of our politics?

Hi Hal and Folks,
  The answer to question 1 is - Yes, see Fred Kaplan's Lincoln: The Biography of 
A Writer.  It's an excellent summer read!  

      Gretchen Sharlow

---- Harold Bush <[log in to unmask]> wrote: 
> Folks, as you all know, it was WDH who called our beloved MT the "Lincoln of
> our literature."
> What I am wondering is the extent to which it may be plausible to turn that
> around, and talk about Lincoln as the "Mark Twain of our politics."
> First, does anyone know of any writing or criticism that makes that
> connection?
> Second, does anyone have any response or corroboration for such a concept?
> happy waning summer days...
> -- 
> Harold K. Bush, Ph.D
> Professor of English
> Saint Louis University
> St. Louis, MO  63108
> 314-977-3616 (w); 314-771-6795 (h)
> <>