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Peg Wherry <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 15 May 1996 09:12:05 -0700
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Sorry to have delayed a response to Wes Britton's addendum on the Col.
Sellers drama, but I've been up against a deadline in my day job.  I have
learned that "Col. Sellers as a Scientist" is published in the _Complete
Plays of Wm. Dean Howells_ compiled by Walter Meserve, c. 1957.  I
haven't had time to read the play, nor do I have access to the recently
published Sellers play that started this thread, so I can't compare the
two.  Meserve provides detailed info on the manuscript sources for the
play as he prints it.

I mostly lurk on this list to pick up any shards of information that will
help my by now further-behind-than-usual dissertation on Howells.  I've
let pass a number of slights to "my boy" on this list in recent months
and will content myself now with simply observing that I wish comments on
the Howells-Twain relationship were better informed.  The complete
correspondence between the two has been in print for some thirty years
but seems not to be very frequently consulted.  Should anyone on the list
be willing to part with this under-utilized item, I would be happy to
take it off your hands.  My local library has only the one-volume edition,
and I really need the full two volumes.  Twain didn't work in a vacuum,
and Howells' influence on both Twain's work and his reputation was far
more extensive and more positive than Forum subscribers seem to
understand it.  Read their letters.  And if you'd rather not read them
yourself, please let me know where I can find a copy for sale.  Thanks.

Peg Wherry
Weber State University