I have asked this previously, 3 or 4 years ago, but does anyone know of any
comments Twain or SLC had about Lincoln? Given that they lived only 100 miles
apart when Sam was in Hannibal and that Twain commented on everyone else who was
anyone (or no one) it is hard to find anything that Twain said about the giant
of the prairie. I find that to be very curious, almost inexplicable, given
their proximities and their comparable positions in American history and
From: Gretchen Sharlow <[log in to unmask]>
To: [log in to unmask]
Sent: Fri, July 30, 2010 11:12:58 AM
Subject: Re: Lincoln = the MT of our politics?
Hi Hal and Folks,
The answer to question 1 is - Yes, see Fred Kaplan's Lincoln: The Biography of
A Writer. It's an excellent summer read!
---- Harold Bush <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 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
> 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
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