A Calling Card Signed as Samuel L. Clemens and Mark Twain

c. 1870

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A Calling Card Signed as Samuel L. Clemens and Mark Twain
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      This Calling Card dates from a productive and pivotal year in Mark Twain's (Samuel Clemens) life. Newly married and living in Buffalo in a handsome, furnished, and well-staffed house at 472 Delaware Street, Clemens went from being a full-time journalist to a full-time novelist.  In 1871, he sold the grand house – which had been a gift from his father-in-law - at a loss of $1,000, and moved his wife, baby son, and the early chapters of Roughing It, to Nook Farm and life among the literati.


      Card Signed (twice; as Samuel L. Clemens and Mark Twain), sextodecimo, 472 Delaware Street [Buffalo, New York], no date [circa February 1870 – March 1871].
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      Samuel L. Clemens.

      472 Delaware St.  

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      Yrs Truly

      Samuel L. Clemens

      (Mark Twain)