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In my task of cataloging and subcataloging my library, the next book up is a Library of America volume, The Mark Twain Anthology. After the introduction, it gives a sampler of brief comments on Twain by various American figures, from Louisa May Alcott to Barack Obama.

Both Presidents Roosevelt are quoted; both comment on A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. Theodore despised it:
"There is nothing cheaper than to sneer at and belittle the great men and great deeds and great thoughts of a bygone time."
Franklin admitted appropriating the phrase "New Deal" from it:
"I felt the same way about conditions in America as the Yankee did about those in ancient Britain... I freely acknowledge my debt to Mark Twain."

Date: 2017-06-15 04:19 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] ndrosen
On this matter, I am more inclined to agree with Theodore. I am not a great smiler of either President Roosevelt.

Date: 2017-06-16 04:23 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] ndrosen
I meant "not a great admirer." Spellchuck/text completion keeps trying to help, and sometimes does help. Other times . . .

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