Sunday, March 24, 2024

Samuel Clemens And His Cigars: Samuel Clemens, AKA Mark Twain, Found His Muse In Great Plumes Of Cigar Smoke.

Mark Twain: 'I never smoke to excess - that is, I smoke in moderation, only one cigar at a time.'

Alejandro Benes at Cigar Aficionado offered a piece on Mark Twain’s cigar smoking.

Samuel Clemens, known to the world as Mark Twain,was the legendary author of such iconic works as Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. He was also one of the world's most famous cigar smokers. "I smoke with all my might, and allow no intervals," he once said. Clemens died 100 years ago this week, and Cigar Aficionado presents this story from our Winter 1995 issue describing Clemens and his unparalleled love of cigars.

Image courtesy of The Mark Twain House & Museum. Samuel Clemens in 1906. Rarely have cigars had a better friend than Samuel Clemens, who is reputed to have said, "If smoking is not allowed in heaven, I shall not go."

That promise nothwithstanding, there was no guarantee that Clemens, whose piety often lapsed, would ever get by St. Peter. Better known under the pen name Mark Twain, a moniker he adopted during his Mississippi riverboat days from the terminology for measuring water depth, Clemens was unwilling to give up, even in the afterlife, his eternal habit of smoking 22 cigars a day.

You can read the rest of the piece via the below link: 

Samuel Clemens and His Cigars | Cigar Aficionado

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