Mark Twain in the West: An Exhibition
San Francisco Correspondent

Mark Twain reviews Adah Isaacs Menken in Mazeppa

“Letter from Mark Twain,” Territorial Enterprise, 17 September 1883, excerpt. In Mazeppa, based on Lord Byron’s poem, a young Ukrainian page in the court of King John II is discovered having an affair with a young countess. In punishment, her elderly husband straps Mazeppa naked to a wild horse, taunts it and sets it loose to ride through Eastern Europe. Menken played the hero, Mazeppa, in the San Francisco production. Type facsimile based on the original clipping.

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