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From: Jennifer Halperin <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Sun, 9 Oct 1994 23:13:33 -0700
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In his book "Mark Twain and John Bull," Howard Baetzhold contends that
while writing "A Connecticut Yankee..." Twain became very interested in
Britain's Liberal Party and the things it stood for. In fact, Baetzhold
argues that Twain so strongly agreed with some of the party's doctrines that
influenced the shape of "Connecticut Yankee," and that the novel became
in part a condemnation of the British aristocracy.

Does anyone know of -- or have ideas about -- other sources of
information that suggest or document Twain's interest in British
politics during this period (late 1880s)? Do you perhaps recall reading
any Twain correspondences that mention such an interest?

Thank you so much --
Jennifer Halperin