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Tue, 24 Sep 2019 07:46:43 -0400
Steve Hoffman <[log in to unmask]>
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It turns out that the printed book I was hoping 
for already exists, and I just received my copy 
from  Traveling with the /Innocents 
Abroad: Mark Twain's Original Reports from Europe 
and the Holy Land. / Edited by U of Texas Prof. 
Daniel Morley McKeithan. U of Oklahoma Press (2012 
reissue). Originally published in 1958.

Looking forward to reading this!

-Steve Hoffman, Takoma Park MD

On 9/21/2019 11:36 AM, Scott Holmes wrote:
> If all you want is copies of the original letters, I have an entry on
> my website that has attachments to pdfs of all the letters including
> the Tribune and Herald.
> On Sat, 2019-09-21 at 07:31 -0400, Steve Hoffman wrote:
>> Thank you.  I would think that a printed volume
>> that contained the original Innocents Abroad
>> material as it appeared in
>> the Alta would be of interest to Twain scholars.
>> The volume could include
>> an essay about the process by which Twain, with
>> Bret Harte and Olivia
>> Langdon's assistance, toned down the text!
>> --Steve Hoffman, Takoma Park MD
>> On 9/20/2019 10:36 AM, Barbara Schmidt wrote:
>>> Steve,
>>> Absolutely correct.  _Travels with Mr. Brown_ are letters before
>>> the
>>> cruise.  If you want to read the original appearance of the
>>> letters, see
>>> the historical newspaper databases.  The ALTA is now online and
>>> searchable
>>> at I just ran the search at elephind and got 64 hits
>>> for Mark
>>> Twain Holy Land. That database is free.
>>> Barb
>>> On Friday, September 20, 2019, Steve Hoffman <[log in to unmask]
>>> com>
>>> wrote:
>>>> Thank you for bringing that book to my attention.  Is this Kirkus
>>>> Review
>>>> not accurate?  Kirkus says:  "It consists of 26 letters written
>>>> for a
>>>> California newspaper in the first half of 1867 -- preceding his
>>>> visit to
>>>> Europe which is familiar to all in Innocents Abroad. The most
>>>> interesting
>>>> part, perhaps, is that section that gives a picture of life in
>>>> New York in
>>>> those days, -- of places to live, travel round and about New
>>>> York, of
>>>> Barnum, of weather, of fashions, of ministers and their
>>>> congregations"
>>>> Sounds very interesting and worthy of my paying the $ it commands
>>>> to add
>>>> it to my Twain library.  However, it doesn't seem to contain the
>>>> articles
>>>> about the cruise and European/Middle Eastern travels that he
>>>> later revised
>>>> for Innocents Abroad.  What I'd like to do is read the original
>>>> articles/letters that later appeared in edited (some might say
>>>> self-censored!) form, before Bret Harte and Olivia Langdon had
>>>> their say,
>>>> resulting in a toned-down (less "offensive") work.
>>>> Sincerely,
>>>> Steve Hoffman, Takoma Park MD
>>>> On Thu, Sep 19, 2019 at 11:24 PM Barbara Schmidt <schmidtbrb@gmai
>>>> wrote:
>>>>> See _Mark Twain’s Travels with Mr. Brown_, edited by Franklin
>>>>> Walker and
>>>>> G. Ezra’s Dane (1940).
>>>>> Barb