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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
Mr Clemens

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.

Yours Respectfully
R.T. Lowery  Ont  Can.

[Twain’s comment on this letter was, simply, «Ass.»]

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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.

Yours truly,
Augusta Kotrecht.

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Sioux City, Ia., 1882
Samuel Clemmens

Dear Sir,   The favor of your Autograph is respectfully solicited.

Yours truly,
Clarence E. Ash

[Twain’s comment on this letter was «Good God!» He hated to be asked   for his autograph.]

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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.

Sincerely yours,
Florence Benson

[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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