Description: Renowned American author Samuel Clemens (1835-1910) penned and signed (S.L.Clemens) this brief note to Cuyler Reynolds of Albany, NY on the back of a one cent postcard. Clemens writes, “The books are ready, now. Please send some one to do them up & carry them to the express office.” The postcard appears to have a cancellation date of 1900 (the last number is somewhat faint), in which case, Clemens may be discussing the publication of his short story, “The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg” which was included in a 1900 collection of short stories. Clemens’ story was meant to be a satirical rewrite of the Garden of Eden tale and serves as an excellent example of the author’s wit.
Clemens, using the pen name “Mark Twain,” became wildly famous for his novels, short stories, and non-fiction books that have greatly influenced American literature. His 1885 novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is often considered to be the first Great American Novel.
Cuyler Reynolds (1866-1934) was a well-regarded journalist and author who was named the Albany City Historian; his best-known work is the "Albany Chronicles."
3 1/2" x 5 1/2". Item #A00747.
Condition: Two thin vertical stains (from a rubber band), not affecting signature, otherwise in very good condition.