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Date: Mon, 24 Jan 2022 19:41:41 +0100
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....Nietzsche wasn't nearly as funny as Twain -- and then he went
completely bonkers, which is a real show-stopper under all
circumstances. One of my friends and colleagues here is the chief
editor of Nietzsche's complete works, and he hasn't heard of anyone
ever doing a Nietzsche impression. 
Come to think of it, Holbrook went on tour as Twain longer than Twain
did himself, didn't he? Quite amazing. 


On Mon, 24 Jan 2022 17:19:44 +0000
 Mac Donnell Rare Books <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>OK, if not Goethe or Schiller, how about Nietzsche?
>For one thing, his mustache is a heck of lot better than Twain's, plus
>he said a lot of witty Twainian things ("In heaven, all of the
>interesting people are missing").  But he might want to avoid that
>"God is dead" shtick; some audiences can be touchy.
>As for Hal Holbrook, I can't add much to what I said in my elegy in
>the MTJ, but I cannot imagine anyone who ever met him didn't come away
>from that encounter without an indelible memory, and I think anyone
>who ever saw him in live performance as Mark Twain counts that
>experience as a blessing.
>Mac Donnell Rare Books
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>------ Original Message ------
>From: "Wolfgang Hochbruck"
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>Sent: 1/24/2022 9:50:51 AM
>Subject: Re: Hal Holbrook
>>..what a remarkable story - thanks for sharing! I don't think Hal
>>Holbrook ever toured Germany, i would have loved to see him. He may
>>even have been a far distant relation; there is a story in the family
>>that some great x 4 or so uncle changed his name to Holbrook upon
>>arrival in the USA because people choked on the German "ch" and he
>>didn't like the idea of being called Hogbrook --
>>In the early 80s, there was a Twain impersonator on tour in Germany,
>>and i saw him but i don't remember who it was nor was the tour
>>particularly successful. At that time, nobody over here had ever
>>of living history presentations, and teachers of German would likely
>>have fainted at the idea of somebody impersonating Goethe or
>>On Mon, 24 Jan 2022 07:12:55 -0500
>>  Warren Miller <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>>Thank you for remembering Hal Holbook, Shelley.
>>>I had the good fortune to win a scholarship to attend Culver
>>>Academy starting in the fall of 1958.  It was a fabulous and
>>>experience. I graduated in 1961. Having graduated from Culver in
>>>Holbrook had preceded me there by seventeen years. I saw him perform
>>>there and several more times over the years. The last time was in
>>>1990s when my beloved bride and I lived in Tulsa. Before the curtain
>>>up that night, I sent a note to him backstage; on the back of my
>>>card, I said I was a Culver graduate and asked him if he would do
>>>Prayer' which I had seen the first time at Culver more than thirty
>>>before. I had read that he chose what he was going to do in a given
>>>performance as he went along, based on the audience's reaction to
>>>choices he was making. Sure enough, near the end of the evening, he
>>>did the
>>>'The War Prayer.' It was even more spectacular and moving than I had
>>>remembered. I was thrilled.
>>>A couple of weeks later, I got a handwritten note from him in the
>>>mail. He
>>>thanked me for attending and said he hoped I enjoyed 'The War
>>>was thrilled yet again and also humbled.
>>>What a wonderful, wonderful man. We lost a great American a year
>>>he rest in peace.
>>>Thank you again, Shelley.
>>>Warren Miller, CPA, CFA
>>>Lexington, Virginia
>>>On Sun, Jan 23, 2022 at 10:58 AM Shelley Fisher Fishkin <
>>>[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>>>  One year ago today, on January 23rd, the world lost a gifted
>>>>  brilliant scholar of Mark Twain, and a kind, generous, and caring
>>>>  being. Many of us on this list lost a  friend. Hal Holbrook Z”L —
>>>May his
>>>>  memory be a blessing.
>>>>  ===============================
>>>>  Shelley Fisher Fishkin
>>>>  Joseph S. Atha Professor of Humanities; Professor of English, and
>>>>  Director of American Studies, Stanford University
>>>>  Mail: Department of English, Bldg. 460, 450 Jane  Stanford Way,
>>>>  University, Stanford, CA 94305-2087
>>>> <
>>Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Hochbruck
>>Dept. of English
>>Centre for Security and Society
>>Albert Ludwigs University Freiburg
>>Rempart St. 15
>>D-79098 Freiburg

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Hochbruck
Dept. of English 
Centre for Security and Society
Albert Ludwigs University Freiburg
Rempart St. 15
D-79098 Freiburg