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Samuel L. Clemens Autograph Letter Signed, Quoting a "New Negro Song" while Authorizing Translations

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Twain quotes a "new negro song" while authorizing a new translation

ALS signed “Mark Twain,” one page, 5 x 8, Riverdale letterhead, August 14, 1902. Handwritten letter to Madame Elisabeth Brachmann of Norway, in part: "Don't let Chatto & Windus, publishers, London, find you out, & there'll not be the least harm done! But if they complain, tell them I authorized you, & they must do as the new negro song says: 'Go 'way back an' set down!' (I gave them entire authority over all translations 25 years ago, but that was only to put work on their shoulders & relieve my own)." In fine condition, with a short split along the central horizontal fold. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope, addressed in Clemens's own hand.

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Twain quotes a "new negro song" while authorizing a new translation

ALS signed “Mark Twain,” one page, 5 x 8, Riverdale letterhead, August 14, 1902. Handwritten letter to Madame Elisabeth Brachmann of Norway, in part: "Don't let Chatto & Windus, publishers, London, find you out, & there'll not be the least harm done! But if they complain, tell them I authorized you, & they must do as the new negro song says: 'Go 'way back an' set down!' (I gave them entire authority over all translations 25 years ago, but that was only to put work on their shoulders & relieve my own)." In fine condition, with a short split along the central horizontal fold. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope, addressed in Clemens's own hand.

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