Mark Twain stories, 150 years old, uncovered by Berkeley scholars

Cache shows Twain working at a San Francisco newspaper as a young man Berkeley archivists describe stash ‘like opening up a big box of candy’Scholars at the University of California, Berkeley have uncovered and authenticated a cache of stories…

Source: www.theguardian.com

Twain wrote some of the letters and stories at the San Francisco Chronicle when it was called the San Francisco Dramatic Chronicle, where his job included writing a 2,000-word dispatch every day and sending it off by stagecoach for publication in the Territorial Enterprise newspaper in Virginia City, Nevada.

His topics range from San Francisco police – who at one point attempted, unsuccessfully, to sue Twain for comparing their chief to a dog chasing its tail to impress its mistress – to mining accidents.

Bob Hirst is editor of the UC Berkeley’s Mark Twain project, which unearthed the articles by combing through western newspaper archives and scrapbooks. The author’s characteristic style authenticated some of the unsigned letters…

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