Mark Twain: On Film, 1909

There is something amazing – and a little creepy – about seeing Mark Twain on film. Paris Review:

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was first published on December 10, 1884, in England. It remains one of the most-challenged American novels. In its honor, a 1909 Edison film of Mark Twain, taken at his home, Stormfield, in Connecticut.

Happy Birthday (yesterday, anyway), Huckleberry Finn. First edition cover:

Bonus Twain quote, from his 1897 travelogue, Following the Equator, and, more specifically, from the chapter epigraphs under the heading “Pudd’nhead Wilson’s New Calendar” and “The Pudd’nhead Maxims”:

THE PUDD’NHEAD MAXIMS


THESE WISDOMS ARE FOR THE LURING OF YOUTH
TOWARD HIGH MORAL ALTITUDES. THE AUTHOR
DID NOT GATHER THEM FROM PRACTICE, BUT
FROM OBSERVATION. TO BE GOOD IS NOBLE;
BUT TO SHOW OTHERS HOW TO BE GOOD
IS NOBLER, AND NO TROUBLE.
 

The quote (finally):

“Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side, which he never shows to anybody.”

Extra Bonus: Random found on the internet essay on Twain.