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Where Samuel Clemens Really Got The Name "Mark Twain"
It was not, as our schoolteachers once taught us, from a measure of the water's depth on the Mississippi. It wasn't from the riverboat captain that Clemens himself claimed to have taken it from. It wasn't even from (as the story went) his bar tab at the Nevada saloon he used to frequent. The name came from someplace that, for Clemens at that time, was even more disreputable.
Los Angeles Review of Books 09/26/13
Posted October 1, 2013 12:43 AM
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