Twain, The Patent Poet

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Twain survived this ordeal, and went on to complete some of his best work before his death in 1910. His nemesis, the typesetting machine, also survived. The first and only model now reposes in the Mark Twain Memorial in Hartford, Connecticut, testimony to the dilemmas of an artist’s contradictions.

—T.H.W. The editors are grateful to Harry Goldsmith for his help in putting together this article.