Roy Morris, Jr. offers an interesting piece at politico.com on one of my favorite writers, Mark Twain.
As his fame as an author and humorist grew, Mark Twain increasingly gained access to the most glittering palaces and persons in the world. It was a long step up from the muddy streets and ramshackle riverfront docks of his boyhood home in Hannibal, Missouri, but Twain viewed his ascent as little more than his natural due. He was, as he was fond of saying, “not an American, but the American,” and during his many trips abroad he functioned as a one-man diplomatic corps, employing his characteristic blend of self-deprecation and understated wit on foreign people everywhere. “Mark Twain, known by everyone, liked by all” was more than an advertising slogan on a wooden cigar box. It was a simple statement of fact, as everyone from the king of England to the lowliest railroad porter in Calcutta could attest.
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Roy Morris, Jr. is the author of American Vandal: Mark Twain Abroad.