Mark Twain & Shakespeare
The latest Mark Twain Room display presents two of his works with a Shakespearean component to complement the bard's folios on exhibit across the hall in the Rare Book display room. Is Shakespeare Dead? is Twain's last work published in his lifetime and the only book he wrote about another author. A personal reflection and a light study of the playwright's mysterious life and the authorship question, one of our copies includes an original Twain letter tipped in. The other title, 1601, is an early Twain satire featuring a "Shaxpur" character and other contemporaries of the Elizabethan era engaged in bawdy conversation on manners and customs, and sensational gossip. Too risqué for mainstream publishers to produce until the 1960's, on display are several early printings by private publishers and fine presses.