Wednesday, January 12, 2011

MARK TWAIN'S INDECENT EXPOSURE


A mere stroke of the awl, collage on paper, 6 x 4 inches

Our neighborhood book club decided to read Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain as the next selection. I know, really? That's what I thought. But, oh, what a great treasure trove of material there was to be found that inspired this piece.

As I researched the book, I found that the University of Virginia has a vast collection of Twain memorabilia. One particular piece really caught my eye. It was a story of how someone in the engraving plant "altered" the sales prospectus for Huckleberry Finn with a most indecent exposure.

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