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A Playful Correspondent

Clemens was a prolific letter writer, whose correspondence often revealed him at his most mischievous. We show four examples here: a piecemeal letter to his mother; a "rebus-letter" from 1881; a deadpan "business" letter to a water company; and an illustrated letter to a young friend.

A Scrap Letter A Scrap Letter
[1871]
A Rebus-Letter A Rebus-Letter
[1881]
Miracle Water Miracle Water
[letters, 1883]
Wildlife Encounter Wildlife Encounter
[letter, 1907]
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