That’s what William Dean Howells called Mark Twain. I’ve come to think that Lincoln himself is the one and only Lincoln of our literature, but I understand and sympathize with Howells’s sentiment.
Today’s New York Times has a terrific profile of Hal Holbrook and his remarkable, self-created “Mark Twain Tonight” show, fifty years old and going strong: “Holbrook’s half century as Twain.” (Courtesy of No Left Turns.)
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