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Is Shakespeare Dead? from my autobiography

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Author: Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Published: 1909
Language: English
Wordcount: 21,981 / 72 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 69
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 1,835
Added to site: 2008.07.08
mnybks.net#: 21462
Genre: Essays
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e. I asked Mr. Barclay if he had ever heard of another woman who, being approached by a serpent, would not excuse herself and break for the nearest timber. He did not answer my question, but rebuked me for inquiring into matters above my age and comprehension. I will say for Mr. Barclay that he was willing to tell me the facts of Satan's history, but he stopped there: he wouldn't allow any discussion of them.

In the course of time we exhausted the facts. There were only five or six of them, you could set them all down on a visiting-card. I was disappointed. I had been meditating a biography, and was grieved to find that there were no materials. I said as much, with the tears running down. Mr. Barclay's sympathy and compassion were aroused, for he was a most kind and gentle-spirited man, and he patted me on the head and cheered me up by saying there was a whole vast ocean of materials! I can still feel the happy thrill which these blessed words shot through me.

Then he began to bail out that ocea

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