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-T_ -Hannibal To Erect Mark Twain Memorial Monument

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-Associated Press Photo.
This is a replica of the design model of the Mark Twain monument, sculptured by Walter Russell of New
York, which is to be unveiled at Hannibal, Mo., scene of the famed humorist's boyhood, during Twin centen-
nial ceremonies. With Mark Twain in the memorial are reproductions of some of his most famous characters.
Varied Activities Are Planned For
Coming Mark Twain Centennial


This year is to be a Mark Twain
year. Plans for the Mark Twain Cen-
tennial are now well under way. From
the present time until Mark Twain's
birthday, Nov. 30th series, of all
sorts of events have been planned
throughout the United States to com-
memorate the greatest and most
loved of American humorists.
The chairman of the Centennial




Stories About Literary
Personalities Should
Interest All
George H. Doran, Haircourt Brace.
There are two possible approaches
to George H. Doran's Chronicles of
Barabbas, which goes to its public af-
ter a considerable advance fanfare.
One may read it for information on
the publishing and bookselling busi-
ness, in which case it is useful to the
book trade. Or one may read it as a
collection of . anecdotes about the
great and the. famous in the literary
world, in which case it is valuable to
almost any bookish person.
Mr. Doran broke into the book
business in Toronto, answering one
of those advertisements demanding a
"bright boy." He was in religious pub-
lishing first, and later published al-
most everything. Some of his early
training remained with him through
his career, however. He refused to
publish D. H. Lawrence after Sons and
Lovers because he believed the En-
glishman "dirty."
Not that Mr. Doran is a prude.
Some of his stories have a salty swish,
and when spade-calling is.proper, he
does not hesitate. Perhaps his associa-
tion with Arnold Bennett was most
productive of material for his book.
But William Somerset Maugham, H.
G. Wells, Frank Swinnerton, Hugh
Walpole, the Huxley and Michael Ar-
len are almost as rewarding.
The list of women who have dealt
with Mr. Doran begins with the
name of Marie, Dowager Queen of
Roumania. He met the uueen in Eng-i
land when he asked her permission to
publish some extracts from the royal
diary. And he was properly snubbed.
Dame Nellie Melba and Margot As-
quith are on the list, at opposite 'tem-
peramental extremes, of course.
The pages dealing directly with the
publishing business include every-
thing from a eulogy of certain literary
agents to an admission that in the
past an author was at the mercy of
the publishers. When he wishes, Mr.
Doran can be almost hair-raising in
his frankness.

Committee is Dr. Nicholas Murray'
Butler of Columbia University. The
elaborate program is scheduled to in-
lude memorial dinners and numer-
ous radio broadcasts.
The government intends to release
a special issue of Mark Twain postage
stamps and at the present time three
motion picture projects are being con-
templated.. A movie of Mark Twain,
one of the earliest in existence has
been discovered, and the committee
intends to have it shown throughout
the country.
Celebrations for Twain's immortals,
Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer,
will be held in a great many of the
schools, and newspapers and maga-
zines intend to run feature articles
about the great humorist
In various parts of the United
States there are still many people
alive that knew Mark Twain or knew
someone who knew him. Various
newspapers in the United States are
planning to get in touch with these
people and form an "I Knew Him"
The centenary will be observed by
historical and literary societies, first i
editions of his works will be shown
and the houses in which he lived, will
be decorated. Mississippi river pilots
intend to sound their siren for Twains
raft and orchestras will play Mark
Twain music.
In addition to all this a special
Mark Twain medal will be struck, and
Harber and Brothers, Mark Twain's
publishers, will issue a special edition
of his famous books. Though not of-
ficial, as yet, it is fairly definite that
some sort of comemmorative activi-
ty will be undertaken by the Uni-
versity. This year will be a Mark
Twain year.
Mostly About Books
And Their Authors
A new novel by Ann Bridge, author
of Peking Picnic and The Giner Grif-
fin, will be published by Little, Brown
& Co. during the summer. The title
of the book isIllyrian Spring and
has Dalmatia as its background.
America's Destiny by C. Reinold
Noyes will be published May 27 by
Whittlesey House. It reviews the
past and future of the United States;
A biography of Pearl Bergoff, pro-
fessional strike breaker, is being writ-
ten for Robert M. McBride & Co. by
Edward Levinson, New York Evening
Post feature writer.
Rachel Field's novel of the Maine
coast in the last days of the clipper
ships, Time Out of Mind, is now in
its fourth printing, though it came
out only two weeks ago.






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A Few Suggestions For Your
A FEW FOOLISH ONES - Gladys Hasty Carroll
CLAUDIUS THE GOD - Robert Graves
DON'T EVER LEAVE ME - Katherine Brush
- Erie Stanley Gardner
KEEP AWAY FROM WATER - lice Campbell
THE HARVEST - Selma Lagerlof
ROLi RTVFR - Jame Bow/





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