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Kevin Mac Donnell <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 30 Jul 2010 10:29:11 -0500
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In the 1980s I was selling the original manuscript to Lincoln's 
"bass-ackwards" sketch and researched this very question and came up with 
nothing. I thought that particular Lincoln joke --of many-- was as Twainish 
as any others, but still more akin to Twain's early phunny phellow brand of 
humor than the later Twain.

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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Harold Bush" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Friday, July 30, 2010 8:52 AM
Subject: Lincoln = the MT of our politics?

> 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)
> <>


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