Saturday, September 15, 2007

Mark Twain in Australia

Today according to Australian Eastern Standard Time when this item was posted
1895 American social activist, writer and humourist Mark Twain (The Adventures of Tom Sawyer; The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; 'The War Prayer') arrived in Australia on the SS Warrimoo for a three-month lecture tour.

It was part of a larger tour as told in his book, Following the Equator. Later, he wrote that the Australian and American accents were scarcely distinguishable.

An interview with him appeared in Sydney press on September 17. Novelist Rolf Boldrewood called on him in Melbourne. He dined with JF Archibald (staying with him at Coogee, NSW), Henry Lawson and Sir Henry Parkes ...

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