Comment: Yes, have read much of Mr Dickens. Haven't you?

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Yes, have read much of Mr Dickens. Haven't you?

Met him once. Twas also my first date with Livy, my future wife. Went to the theatre to hear Mr Dickens read some of his writings. I did the best I could to pay attention to Mr Dickens' reading, for I admired his writings so. Seems Livy was a bit of a distraction.

Here is what another in the audience wrote up:

Twain then was thirty-two and Dickens fifty-five: and just three years from his death [Dickens. Not Twain]. Whether Twain gave Dickens’s performance his fullest attention is perhaps debatable as this was also his first ‘date’ with his future wife, Olivia (‘Livy’) Langdon. Twain was a Dickens enthusiast, and had been reading his work from the mid 1850s. And his report of the 1867 lecture for the San Francisco Alta California (5 February 1868) – despite its satirical tone – suggests his deep respect for the older man...
http://www.granta.com/Did-Twain-and-Dickens-ever-meet
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I wrote up some thoughts later, but this here is better.

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul