Ron Powers, en su nota introductoria de este libro, comenta que la mayoría de las cartas provienen de tipos comunes y corrientes:
«Most letters are from everyday folks writing from the security of their everyday habitats, and thus far more disposed to reveal themselves on a wide range of topics.»
Interesante ver a Tawin responder:
Petrolea Aug. 7 1880
Dear Sir, – What will you charge to write me a lecture. One that will take about 1 1/4 hours to deliver it. Humorous and stirring, but not too pathetic. An early answer will very much oblige.
R.T. Lowery Ont Can.
[Twain’s comment on this letter was, simply, «Ass.»]
New York City Nov. 21, 1901
Dear Mr. Mark Twain: – I am a little girl six years old. I have read your stories since they first came out. I have a cat named Kitty, and a dog named Pup. I like to guess puzzles. Did you write a story for the Herald Com-pe-ti-tion? I hope you will answer my letter.
Sioux City, Ia., 1882
Dear Sir, The favor of your Autograph is respectfully solicited.
Clarence E. Ash
[Twain’s comment on this letter was «Good God!» He hated to be asked for his autograph.]
165 Madison Avenue New York City
November 30th, 1907
My dear Mr. Clemens: I have seen in the New York Tribune this morning that to-day is your birthday – and it is mine too! I am writing to wish you many happy returns of the day and to tell you that I think Tom Sawyer is the nicest boy I have ever known.
[Twain responded, telling her, «I have always concealed it before, but now I am compelled to confess that I am Tom Sawyer!»]
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