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Penfield, Edward.

"STIRRING TIMES IN AUSTRIA DESCRIBED BY MARK TWAIN HARPER'S MARCH," poster illustrating the front cover of March 1898 issue of Harper's Magazine.

Harper & Brothers: NY 1898 15 5/8 x 12 1/2, three color lithograph) darker tones of blue, orange and yellow), profile of Mark Twain is in upper left panel, title of his article is in upper right panel and below both are the words "In Harper's March." Creasing, light soiling, a few small edge tears, not signed. Mark Twain and his family first visited Austria in 1891 and again in 1893. In late September of 1897, the Twain family returned to Austria and settled in Vienna, staying there for almost two years. On Oct. 28 of the same year, during a visit to the national Reichsrat (Imperial Council of Austria) Twain witnessed a brawl on its floor. The ruling Hapsburg family attemped to keep the Austro-Hungarian empire intact by replacing German as the language of Bohemia (which is now the major province of the Czech Republic) with Czech. This caused the German speaking members of the governing body to riot as they wanted the German language and culture to dominate. Twain felt that the Austrian government, in an effort to distract the citizens, stirred up anti-Semitic feelings, causing not only political but physical attacks upon the Jewish community of Vienna. During his stay in Vienna, Twain wrote and published several works including "The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg" and "The Mysterious Stranger Stories" that were set in Austria. Very nice artwork by Edward Penfield, not long before he left his job as art director of Harper's Magazine.

Book Id: 98-2432

Price: $550.00

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