Contains one manuscript: "Mark Twain: a Preface" by Bernard DeVoto. Holograph, on lined paper, later published as "Mark Twain's America."
Notes on title page include: "Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1929" and "Begun Friday, April 5."
Bernard DeVoto (1897-1955) was an American historian and author whose work was primarily concerned with the American West. DeVoto taught part-time at Harvard University and wrote a number of articles for periodicals including Harper's Magazine (eventually securing a regular Harper's column, "The Easy Chair," in 1935. An authority on Mark Twain, Devoto was a curator and editor for Twain's papers, and published a number of works including the best-selling "Letters From the Earth."
The 1929 manuscript in this collection entitled "Mark Twain: a Preface," was published in 1932 as "Mark Twain's America." The book celebrates the places in America that Mark Twain knew and wrote about, and examines how Twain's works are a product of American life.