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The New York Times, April 12, 1951

[This article mistakenly identifies the poem mentioned as the only one written by Twain. Twain had, in fact, written numerous other poems.]

Manuscript Brings $750 at Auction of His Library

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., April 11 - (UP) - The manuscript of the only poem known to have been written by Mark Twain brought $750 today in an auction of his library.

Max Hunley, rare-book dealer, purchased the poem, "In Memoriam to Olivia Susan Clemens." He said he bought it for a "local party," whom he declined to identify. The four-page manuscript was written by Twain after one of the author's died in 1896 in Connecticut at the age of 24.

The sale was ordered by Twain's only surviving daughter, Mrs. Clara Samossoud, 57 years old. She is disposing of her five-acre estate so that she and her husband, Jacques Samossoud, orchestra conductor, can "go gypsying."

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