Perhaps someone else has a citation for the following, for I do not at this
time, but if I misremember not, Twain, referring to one of the scenes in *A
Modern Instance *in which the protagonist, Bartley Hubbard, is drunk and
falls, asked author/friend W.D. Howells if he had based Hubbard in that
episode upon Twain, and Howells answered yes.
On Fri, Sep 3, 2010 at 3:29 PM, Click, Benjamin A <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Twain maintained definite ideas of how his habits worked or didn=B9t work
> him. As a public speaker, he found two glasses of champagne worked =B3as an
> admirable stimulant to the tongue=B2 and =B3the happiest inspiration=B2
> after-dinner speech. But for the writer Twain, wine was =B3a clog to the
> not an inspiration.=B2 Smoking, however, was the =B3best of all
> for the pen.=B2 =20
> On 9/3/10 10:18 AM, "Chet Manchester" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > Does anyone on the forum know if Sam Clemens ever abused alcohol,
> > toward the end of his life? Did he turn to the bottle to ease his pain
> > grief? When he lectured, was he ever known to appear on stage drunk?
> > he ever use alcohol to calm his nerves before a public performance?
> > is there any possibility that he successfully hid an alcohol addiction
> > his family and others?
> > Thanks for any insights and sources you can offer on this subject.
> > - C.H. Stewart
John H. Davis, Ph.D.
Professor of English
Department of Language and Literature
Murfreesboro, North Carolina 27855