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Mark Twain's "1601" Conversation 1943

Mark Twain's "1601" Conversation 1943


Mark Twain's "1601" Conversation: As It Was... By the Social Fireside in the Time of the Tudors. Mexico City, 1943. (Limited to 1000 copies.)


"1601" is the title of a short risqué squib by Mark Twain, first published anonymously in 1880, and finally acknowledged by the author in 1906. 


Written as an extract from the diary of one of Queen Elizabeth I's ladies-in-waiting, the pamphlet purports to record a conversation between Elizabeth and several famous writers of the day. The topics discussed are entirely scatological, notably flatulence and sex.


1601 was, according to Edward Wagenknecht, "the most famous piece of pornography in American literature." However, it was more ribaldry than pornography; its content was more in the nature of irreverent and vulgar comedic shock than obscenity for sexual arousal.

Secure binding with clean pages, some soil to cover & mild fore edge cover crease. About 7-1/4 x 4-3/4 with 26 pages.


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