Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The Centennial of Mark Twain's Death

I just received an email from a bookselling site (ABE) that mentions it is the 100th anniversary of Mark Twain's death this week.

Twain was then and remains unsurpassed as America's greatest humorist. His work was intimately associated with American magazines from the very outset (at age 18) to the very end. He set the bar for all great the truly native American folk humor that followed ( ala Will Rogers for example).

I am proud to have been able to share many of the finest examples of his work with you. Just as Shakespeare, Twain's great creativity and timeless wry wit will undoubtedly be eternally quoted and enjoyed forever.

To revisit my post of March 2009 on Twain in magazines click here:

Long live the great tradition of American folk humor!

P.S. While I mentioned Rogers, I'd be interested to know from all of you whom you think of today's humorists best fit Twain's mold.

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