Quotation by Willa Cather

[Mark Twain] is still the rough, awkward, good-natured boy who swore at the deck hands when he was three years old. Thoroughly likeable as a good fellow, but impossible as a man of letters.
Willa Cather (1873–1947), U.S. novelist. Originally published in the Nebraska State Journal (May 5, 1895). repr. In The World and the Parish: Willa Cather's Articles and Reviews, 1893-1902, vol. 1, ed. William M. Curtin, University of Nebraska Press (1970).

An opinion Cather later revised, as in 1925 she designated The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as one of three American books destined to have a long life.
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