Mark Twain in the West: An Exhibition
Roughing It and Comments on Bret Harte

On The Twins of Table Mountain and Other Stories

Mark Twain’s comments on three of Bret Harte’s stories in the 1879 edition of The Twins of Table Mountain and Other Stories, written when he was attempting to choose selections from other humorists for the prospective Library of Humor.

About “The Twins of Table Mountain”:

There isn’t humor enough in this to justify its admission to the Library. SLC.

About “An Heiress of Red Dog”:

A good enough yarn, but its specialty is not humor.

About “The Great Deadwood Mystery,” which irritated him most:

I can’t discover anything in III but hopeless rubbish.

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