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Letters From the Earth

Mark Twain's Wedding Toast

Interview with Rod Rawlings


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Letters From the Earth Illustration of Mark Twain


The Creation   10:58


After witnessing The Creation, three archangels, Gabriel, Michael and Satan, are perplexed. God explains that animals and mankind are experiments. While serving yet another brief banishment, Satan visits Earth, and promises to report his observations in letters to the archangels.


Mark Twain Bust for 70th Birthday


Satan's Letter I   2:46


Satan's brief opening letter comments on the extraordinary curiosities encountered on Earth, especially man, which "at his very very best is a sort of low-grade nickel-plated angel; at his worst he is unspeakable, unimaginable...."


Mark Twain at the Banquet


Satan's Letter II   15:52


Nothing about man is not strange to an immortal... Men imagine a heaven... harps, hymns, hugs and adulation... the unending Sabbath... absolute equality among all... exalting the intellect, but leaving it to rot... and only the holy can enjoy this bedlam.



Twain Carricature

Satan's Letter III   16:42


One of man's principal religions... the Old and New Testaments... some good morals... a thousand lies... twenty million suns... those ignorant children... the Moral Sense... the birth of modesty... punishment to fit the crime... sarcasms uttered without a smile.



Adam's Gravestone

Satan's Letter IV    5:35


Supreme Art... populating the world... very bad people... Noah and his family... building the Ark... no rudder, sails, compass, pumps, charts, anchors, log, light, ventilation... at sea eleven months... business samples of animals... the parent of all the immoralities.



Twain 1867 in Turkey

Satan's Letter V    7:04


Quadrupeds and alligators... no ornithorhynchus... flood one small corner of the globe... an excited stranger... vast masses of tumultuous flesh... reproachful vacancy in a contract... getting the flies aboard... lifting imploring prayers... an All-Pitying Being.



Mark Twain Magazine Cover

Satan's Letter VI     12:34


The sacred bird providentially preserved... watery instabilities and iron firmnesses... jealousy is the key... fretful about small things... an army that never relents... all those pains and diseases and miseries... fiend and father the same thing!



Twain in White among those in Black

Satan's Letter VII     17:04


Full of microbes... O constipation... a special-affliction agent for each... designed for the poor... the Eye that never sleeps...annexing the dividend... an ingenious idea... one who has no pity... learn to be like him.



Mark Twain rocker

Satan's Letter VIII   14:31


Most interesting fool... the curious conclusions he draws... the goat and the tortoise... Thou shalt not commit adultery... an indestructible law... only briefly competent... robbed everywhere... woman is a damned fool.



Sam Clemens as Pilot
Satan's Letter IX    3:32


The rain... a flood as good as the best one... Noah planted a vineyard... the promise was bad... that same tiresome human race... little body of Christians... sandpaper their souls... down on the level of David.



MT is a Man of Tobacco

Satan's Letter X   16:49


Salvation by fire... heaviest curse devisable... man's best friend... beyond the tomb... love for his poor human children... all the heads of the people... the Lord could never abide indelicacy... guilty to this day... the earliest accomplishment.



Twain Forever Stamp

Satan's Letter XI   9:19
(The Final Letter)



Slays, slays, slays... worst of slaveries... bereaved and friendless virgins... none had escaped his lecherous embrace... the hush of death... the Midianite campaign... the Minnesota massacre... the Beatitudes... Numbers and Deuteronomy.




Mark Twain's Wedding Toast

Victorian Bride

Wedding Toast    1:00



This groom's toast by Samuel Clemens at his 1870 wedding to Olivia Langdon was prophetic for them both.




Rod as Mark Twain at Selby Porch in Sarasota, FL

Radio Interview   6:45


Rod Rawlings as Mark Twain is interviewed by Chuck Englund, WLSS Newstalk 930, promoting "Chorus of the Keys" at the Riverview Performing Arts Center.




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