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Susan Bailey <[log in to unmask]>
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"Rather than open that issue to public debate, I'll restrict the voting to

Always a good choice Kent.


Susan Bailey
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On Wed, Mar 11, 2015 at 9:32 PM, Kent Rasmussen <[log in to unmask]>

> Today, Kevin Mac Donnell and I discussed the dedications Sam Clemens
> wrote for his books. When he mentioned that Sam's daughter Jean was the
> only family member to whom Sam never dedicated a book, I immediately
> checked the entry on "dedications" I had written for _Critical Companion
> to Mark Twain (the revised edition of _Mark Twain A to Z_).  I was
> pleased to be able to one-up Kevin by telling him my book said that Sam
> dedicated _Tom Sawyer Abroad_ to Jean. That didn't sound quite right to
> Kevin, so we both ran to our various early editions of TSA to confirm
> what I had written. Result: Neither of us could find any dedication in
> any early copy of TSA. Oops ... that was embarrassing; maybe I should
> have kept my mouth shut. I then did what any scholar who finds an error
> in one of his books would do: I looked for someone else to blame.
> Happily, I found at least a partial explanation of my apparent error in
> the 1982 University of California "Mark Twain Library" edition of the
> novella, in which these words face page 1:
> To
> Jean Clemens
> with the affectionate admiration
> of her Papa
> Where, I wondered did that come from? It's not in the 1980
> Iowa-California omnibus edition of Tom Sawyer books, which like the
> later Mark Twain Library edition of TSA was edited by John C. Gerber.
> Gerber's explanatory note on page 178 and Robert Hirst's note on texts
> on page 193 of the latter edition provide the answer. Sam wrote the
> dedication for the book but didn't get it to his publishers in time to
> be used. In a letter to Livy of April 16, 1894, he explained that his
> failure was due to both Webster's and Chatto's editions coming out much
> sooner than he had expected. He added that he had instructed Websterco's
> president, Frederick Hall, "to see to it that the second edition
> contains it [the dedication]." Unfortunately, Websterco went bust before
> a second edition of TSA could be made. Sam's instruction to Hall was
> then apparently forgotten until his letter to Livy was noticed around
> 1981, in time for the Mark Twain Library edition.
> My reason for posting this note is to ask if anyone has ever seen the
> dedication to Jean in _any_ edition of TSA published before 1982.
> Meanwhile, I'll ponder the question of whether what I wrote for
> _Critical Companion_ is correct or incorrect. Rather than open that
> issue to public debate, I'll restrict the voting to myself.