his new country seat in Connecticut
in 1910. Mr. Paine
has written his life in three great volumes, and there is a twenty-five volume edition of his Works
All the evidence seems to be in. Yet the verdict of the public seems not quite made up. It is clear that Mark Twain
the writer of romance is gaining upon Mark Twain
The inexhaustible American appetite for frontier types of humor seizes upon each new variety, crunches it with huge satisfaction, and then tosses it away.
, Josh Billings
, Jack Downing
, Bill Arp
, Petroleum V. Nasby
, Artemus Ward
, Bill Nye-these are already obsolescent names.
lacked something of Artemus Ward
's whimsical delicacy and of Josh Billings
's tested human wisdom, he surpassed all of his competitors in a certain rude, healthy masculinity, the humor of river and mining-camp and printing-office, where men speak without censorship.
His country-men liked exaggeration, and he exaggerated; they liked irreverence, and he had turned iconoclast in Innocents abroad
As a professional humorist, he has paid the obligatory tax for his extravagance, over-emphasis, and undisciplined taste, but such faults are swiftly forgotten when one turns