Thursday, May 14, 2020

Literary Faces (VIII)

So, this time the trick is not to identify the author: his is one of the best-known faces of any author of his time, with hundreds of surviving photographs. But can you identify what's unique that sets this particular picture from all the rest?

And, just for fun, while putting together this post I came across an early picture of our author from when he was in his early twenties. I'd never have known it as him can I come across it out of context.


1 comment:

John D. Rateliff said...

So, the author is Mark Twain. The distinctive feature of this photo out of the hundreds that survive is that it's the only one to show Twain smiling.

--John R.