May I echo Shelley’s praise for Kent’s generosity. When I, a Twain nonscholar, had finished writing (with two of my students) Genus Americanus: Hitting the Road in Search of America’s Identity (2020, University of Georgia Press), which loosely followed the path of a young Clemens/Twain around America, Kent generously read the manuscript for factual errors…and even helped get me a literary agent! Thank you, Kent, I owe you a lot. Best, Loren Ghiglione
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Subject: Re: Dear Mark Twain research files
Kent, you have always been a remarkably generous scholar as well as a remarkable scholar generally! You have been enriching the Twain community with your research and your insights for many years! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
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, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-2087
On Sep 30, 2022, at 1:24 PM, R Kent Rasmussen <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:
When I published _Dear Mark Twain: Letters from His Readers_ in 2013, I promised eventually to donate all my research files to the Mark Twain Papers and Project in Berkeley. As I explained in a note at the back of the book, the citations in the book's annotations represented only a small fraction of the sources on which the annotations drew. Well, I have now delivered all the book's research files to the Project. They cover not only the 200 letters published in _Dear Mark Twain_ but also more than 300 other letters not in the book. These materials include copies of my research correspondence; census reports; passport applications; ship passenger lists; newspaper and magazine articles; extracts from books, school yearbooks, and industrial publications; etc. As you may expect, most of the material pertains to Mark Twain's correspondents, under whose names it is organized in more than 500 files, which contain perhaps 10,000 pages.
Scholars interested in consulting the files should contact the Project, which may need some integrating them into its collections.