Twain Manuscript

I write in praise of the anonymous librarian who shunned possible great wealth and the illumination of fame. What she had in her possession was the greatest literary treasure of the 20th Century, certainly of the American 20th Century. It was the manuscript of the first half of Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” more than 600 pages in Twain’s own hand. After affirming the authenticity of the document, she decided to send it to the Buffalo Public Library where it seems it was promised in the 1880s by her grandfather (Part B, Feb. 15). The manuscript of the second half of this work is there also. When a medal is given for integrity and veracity, she deserves the brightest.


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