Hot Reading for the 19th Century

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Essays, the newer novel and the chatty periodicals that had their rise in the coffeehouses of the 17th century were all still quite exciting in their 19th century forms. Are they all quaint windows into history now, or can relevance be found after a century of regard, then disregard?

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Mark Twain was so embarrassed by this early publication that upon achieving financial success he purchased the original plates and destroyed them. Note the “Family Tree” on the cover.

Mark Twain’s (Burlesque) Autobiography and First Romance
5” x 7 ½”, 48 pp.
Sheldon & Co. New York, 1871. 1st ed.


Theatre of Memory program: Hot Reading for the 19th Century