Researchers Discovered New Mark Twain Stories!

Researchers Discovered New Mark Twain Stories!

As it turned out, Mark Twain worked for one San Francisco newspaper. Almost every day he wrote letters to a newspaper with his stories about trapped miners or unqualified police officer.

Being a young journalist, Mark Twain got $100 per month for editing the column in newspaper. 

As it turned out, Mark Twain worked for one San Francisco newspaper. Almost every day he wrote letters to a newspaper with his stories about trapped miners or unqualified police officer.

Researchers in California have conjoined pieces from letters together and they got new stories written by worldwide known author. Twain wrote stories about city’s police chief which he compared with a dog chasing its tail.

A general editor of the Mark Twain Project at the University of California, Bob Hirst, stated that was a really special period of life for famous writer. In those stories his style of writing is completely free, he just speaks his mind without any influences he had in his later works.

Author started working on the column when he was 29 years old. He worked for Territorial Enterprise newspaper in Virginia City, Nevada, in 1865. For his $100 salary, Twain used to write 2000-word letter six days a week.

A great number of letters were burnt in fire but some of them were preserved in archives. Scientists also searched for his letters in other Western US newspapers to get copies. They have found more than 110 columns written between 1865 and 1866.

One letter tells as a story about two gold speculators who were stuck in a shaft. To get out of the trap two men were holding a rope which was tied to an old horse Cotton. Twain wrote:

Johnny, I’ve not lived as I ought to have lived. Damn that infernal horse!

Johnny, if we are saved I mean to be a good man and a Christian

When Twain worked for the newspaper, he was working hard on his career. According to Mr Hirst, he doubted whether writing funny stories could be considered as literature.

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