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BrooklynJay Obit: The Great Hal Holbrook (1925-2021) (7) RE: Obit: The Great Hal Holbrook (1925-2021) 06 Feb 21


As far as the incident from Two Years Before the Mast, it is printed in Holbrook's 1959 book Mark Twain Tonight! An Actor's Portrait, as well as on one of the record albums (I have all three somewhere).

In the book's notes, Holbrook says that it comes from Twain's The Last Lotos Club Speech in the book Mark Twain's Speeches (1923 edition). It's also in The Family Mark Twain. The speech itself was delivered January 11, 1908. It can also be found online. Holbrook used Twain's anecdote pretty much verbatim.

Did it come from Dana? I haven't read that book, so I can't comment. But it definitely came from Mark Twain.


Jay


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