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Clay Shannon <[log in to unmask]>
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Clay Shannon <[log in to unmask]>
Sun, 13 Nov 2016 04:47:01 +0000
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With help from many here, I've updated my performance poster template, which can be seen from this link:

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 - B. Clay Shannon

      From: Robert STEWART <[log in to unmask]>
 To: [log in to unmask] 
 Sent: Saturday, November 12, 2016 5:10 PM
 Subject: Re: Has anyone got the text for the Twain lecture poster?
And Hurray, your Splendid Orchestra ad is in the Daily Alta California of O=
ctober 1, 1866, page 4, col. 3. Also on =20

    On Saturday, November 12, 2016 7:39 AM, Kevin Mac Donnell <info@MACDONN=

 I would urge caution. It's quite possible posters were made with this=20
wording, but I don't know of any that survive. Fatout says "huge posters"=
were plastered all over, but cites no source. That isn't to say he didn't=
have a source, but I should like to know it. Paine merely says=20
"advertisements" and what Paine cites appeared in a newspaper, which could=
also have appeared as a handbill. I only make this distinction because=20
posters were not cheap to produce and print, unlike handbills which are muc=
less trouble and cost far less. Without a source or a surviving example, yo=
could give birth to a bibliographical ghost. A small poster published in Sa=
Francisco in 1868 does have jokey wording, but not what Paine or Fatout=20
cite. There are still other posters and handbills known, but none that I've=
seen with that wording. I'd love to know of one.

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-----Original Message-----=20
From: Clay Shannon
Sent: Saturday, November 12, 2016 8:41 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Has anyone got the text for the Twain lecture poster?

Thanks, Barb.
As serendipity would have it, I found it a few minutes later while reading =
Fatout's "Mark Twain on the Lecture Circuit." It is on page 36; it is a pro=
se description of what was on the poster, so it is not verbatim, but gives =
more info than I had prior, to wit:
A SPLENDID ORCHESTRA=3DC2=3DA0is in town, but has not been engaged
A DEN OF FEROCIOUS WILD BEASTS=3DC2=3DA0are on exhibit in the next block
A GRAND TORCHLIGHT PROCESSIONMay Be Expected=3DC2=3DA0in fact, the public a=
re p=3D
rivileged to expect whatever they choose
- B. Clay Shannon

=C2=A0 =C2=A0 =C2=A0 From: Barbara Schmidt <[log in to unmask]>
To: [log in to unmask]
Sent: Saturday, November 12, 2016 6:32 AM
Subject: Re: Has anyone got the text for the Twain lecture poster?
=C2=A0 =3D20
Albert Bigelow Paine's MARK TWAIN: A BIOGRAPHY, p. 292 of the 4-volume
edition (Chapter 54 titled "The Lecturer") features the text and layout of
the poster, although not a reproduction of the poster itself.=3DC2=3DA0 The=
text of Paine's BIOGRAPHY is online at several sites.


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