Mark Twain, Richard discussed on John Batchelor


With a celebration of Mark Twain an enormous amount of work that Richard down to take the notes in the memoirs in the letters much of it is not printed or you have to piece together because it's not in the final books because the levy is standing there reading at night making sure that mark that her Sam Sam Clemens doesn't upset the family honor anymore than he already has by wasting all their money and his money and everybody's money in the whole world knows he's poor all right we're going to get him to Europe they they stop in South Africa he gets in trouble with Cecil Rhodes big deal you'll have to restrain the book because it's funny we're under until London and they are arriving in the heat of August in London and they're going to still haven't piled their way out of Jackson now comes the tragedies Suzy Evans is stayed back in New York and she's a twenty three year old woman very highly strong what happens to our what is she what is she declined so quickly Richard decline is in dire did yesterday and that's in die what happens to a person just need one little detail that they get an addict their spot the daughters are having cable to come over and then they get the claimant Libby and Sam Mark Twain get as a cable back that there there's been a delay and Livvie instantly senses the worst and things that that list Susie must be sick and they board the ship and they're crossing the Atlantic when Mark Twain gets word that his daughter Suzy has died and how did she die so quickly what we night of spinal meningitis and eight it's not clear exactly how she caught it but she'd she declined very quickly and what's the worst for Mark Twain is he's alone he never handles being alone while at all he's alone in a rented house in a in a suburb and in England and his wife is in the middle of the ocean and that there's no technology in that area for him to reach her so he knows that she's going to in three or four days see her brother like crying on the docks either of their their friend who's a minister were weeping on the dock tend to having to tell her that Susie has died and he he just he's just over rod is just the actual scene is even more horrible because they don't get to the ship while it's in quarantine and Clara when she visits the captain's headline that her sister's dad and so she has to tell her mother right and just that's the moment you believe that Livvie started her decline I DO I DO a there's there's it's not really clear that live you ever completely got her her joy in life back I mean their moments that you can see later but this is the decline and and she would be dead eight years later I mean that seven years later living as a young and beautiful woman there's a photograph in the book of her in her forties she was a bells bell in her twenties when Mark Twain married there in eighteen seventy and he adored her and she had toward him and tell apart they were not they were not stable together they could travel around the world but this blow of losing their oldest daughter Susie they lost their son Langdon when he was nineteen months old that was an experience of the nineteenth century the families dealt with but losing Susie without ever seeing her again overwhelmed him and Clara Clara let's speak well of her she lives into the nineteen sixties route Richard and she's the one who is the she's the she's a perfect combination of her mother and father she is she has an ironic I but at the same time she protects the families on right she also basically I had a lot of trouble being in the same room with her father after awhile she realized for self preservation it was perhaps better to to live in Europe when he lived in New York all right let's pay the debts because that was the reason for the journey now Richard has included an enormous amount of detailed very accounting for us to watch the deck page took me longer than anything else in the book right now but I try I can I was taking notes all the time is they're paying the debts off by the time they get to England Livvie Libby is keeping counts because she knows that mark could miss leader of she let's imagine speaking generally by the time they haven't paid it off in the law in England but by the time they get to Switzerland for the summer she believes that there that they have now it achieved an ability to pay their creditors off but not for not without Rodgers Richard he's the hero of this book hero and yeah it's so great that you did you see that because he really is he he's the call mastermind of Twain's strategy to pay off his debts because actually the lecture tour paid off you know it's arguable what number it is but maybe it's half maybe whatever number it is but what saves Twain was his complete works addition and Twain had to rival publishers who weren't even speaking to each other who are furious with less and Harper's voice in Harper's and they'd never would have agreed on a deal and and Roger said that if he had only worked in publishing he he never would have been in business he would kill himself he just couldn't believe how difficult it was to make these men this is a man who put together amalgamated copper you understand this is a master dealer but publishing I didn't just affect him Rick Richard and I both have survived publishing we're aware of the fact that Rogers finally figured it out okay five now a levy will lead up leave us gene will die down Christmas nineteen oh nine but I want to pay attention to paying off all these debts because you've done such a wonderful job at the moment.

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