CLEMENS, SAMUEL LANGHORNE. 1835-1910.
Lot 1109
CLEMENS, SAMUEL LANGHORNE. 1835-1910.
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Lot Details
CLEMENS, SAMUEL LANGHORNE. 1835-1910.
Autograph Letter Signed ("Clemens"), 2 pp recto and verso, 8vo, Buffalo, October 29, [1870], to his publisher Elisha Bliss, Jr., docketed at head possibly by Bliss, folds, tiny reinforcement at top and bottom of centerfold, somewhat faint.

"I have chewed & drank & sworn, habitually, & have discarded them all, & am well aware that a bad thing should be killed entirely—tapering off is a foolish & dangerous thing." Clemens writes to the publisher of his books, defending his arrangement with the magazine The Galaxy: "If I believed that writing for the Galaxy hurt the sale of my books without anybody who didn't make that excuse simply because they wanted an excuse of some kind, I would retire from the magazine to-morrow. But I cannot believe it. It is a good advertisement for me—as you show when we desire me to quit the Galaxy & go on your paper." Bliss operated a magazine variously called The Author's Sketch Book and The American Publisher. Clemens continues, "But if I am hurting myself through the Galaxy, I want to know it—& then I will draw out of that & write for no periodical ... tapering off is a foolish & dangerous business."
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