It would be interesting to learn if there was a book on Lincoln in Mark
TWain's library. Wouldn't surprise me to learn that Mark Twain indeed read
the account Lincoln wrote of a raft trip down the river. If so, it surely
could be an influence. I'd love to read the Lincoln story.
Appreciate the Kaplan comments, too!
On Sun, Jan 25, 2015 at 6:04 AM, Hal Bush <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> For the record, the assertions in that article are extremely tenuous at
> best. It's always fun to speculate but there is evidently, in this case,
> no real evidence to support that Lincoln's stories are behind Huck Finn.
> If I missed the evidence please enlighten me.
> As far as somewhat less specific connections between AL & MT, now that is
> an interesting question. Twain wrote about Lincoln on at least 2 occasions
> and also gave at least one speech about Lincoln, for example. I tried to
> imagine the implications of that connection myself, in some of my work; I
> figure them both, in Twain's words, as "men of the border," a phrase I like
> a lot. But maybe my favorite formulation is by Fred Kaplan: "Just as
> Howells has called Twain the Lincoln of our literature," Kaplan writes, "I
> could envision Lincoln as the Twain of our politics." I like that!!
> On Sun, Jan 25, 2015 at 7:18 AM, Dave Davis <[log in to unmask]>
> > That's pretty interesting. First I'd ever heard of this Vote Lincoln!
> > SLC's (unpaid; maybe room & board, at best?) berth out West came through
> > Orion. I don't know how big brother was selected for his post-- he must
> > have had some connection to the territorial governor, James Nye? (Nye
> > of course, a Lincoln appointee.)
> > DDD
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