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Mark Twain memoir heading for auction

22nd April 2010

An intimate description of the life of Mark Twain will be sold when a collection of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn author's personal writing is put up for auction.

The 64-page A Family Sketch was handwritten by Twain and is included in a 200-strong collection of manuscripts, letters and photographs which will be auctioned on June 17th at Sotheby's in New York.

David Hirst, general editor of the Mark Twain papers and projects at the University of California at Berkeley, said the memoir is likely to be 'one of the gems' of the auction, as it includes a never-published tribute to one of his daughters.

Olivia Susan Clemens was considered to be the writer's muse, but died at the age of 24 from spinal meningitis.

'She was a magazine of feelings, & they were of all kinds & of all shades of force,' Twain lamented in the memoir.

In December last year, a rare copy of Tamerlane and Other Poems, which is the first published work by Edgar Allan Poe, fetched a record USD 662,500 (GBP 430,000) when sold at auction.

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