People: The Philosophic Mind

In Hollywood, when Mrs. Clara Samossoud, daughter of Mark Twain and widow of Pianist-Conductor Ossip Gabrilowitsch, put her father's 3,000-volume library up for sale, some rare literary footnotes came to light. In the margin of one book, scrawled in Twain's own hand, was a note on his attempted suicide in 1866: "I put the pistol to my head but wasn't man enough to pull the trigger. Many times I have been sorry I did not succeed, but I was never ashamed of having tried. Suicide is the only really sane thing the young or...

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