The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 50, July 1946 - April, 1947

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

Main Street of Silver City, would enhance the clarity of that
example of man-made erosion. The ten photographs which are
spaced through the book have artistic merit, but with few
exceptions are not scenes which the author describes.
The book is well written; it is interesting; and while schol-
arly enough, it contains no bibliographical reference to history,
botany, archaeology, agricultural economy, or informal chronicles
of the area. It is an intimate, free-running account of an area
and its people and their problems, the land, its use and misuse,
with camera-like glimpses of documentation. Carl Hertzog of
El Paso has given the book a most attractive format.
CHARLES F. WARD
New Mexico Military Institute
The Letters of Quintus Curtius Snodgrass. By Mark Twain.
Edited by Ernest E. Leisy. Dallas, Texas (University Press
in Dallas, Southern Methodist University), 1946. Pp. xii+
76. $2.00.
New Orleans has lent a brief enchantment, and provided a
fitting air of mystery, to two of the major figures in American
literature: Mark Twain and Walt Whitman. The spell of the
city-or, more accurately as some believe, the shadowy spell
of a woman who lived there-upon Whitman is fit substance
for a romance in the best manner of George Washington Cable,
but the key is lost; we seem destined to perpetual doubt as to
what really happened to Whitman in New Orleans. All we
know is that whatever it was, it changed the course of American
literature. That was in 1848; during the spring of that year
Whitman worked briefly on the New Orleans Daily Crescent,
then returned to his beloved "Mannahatta," and the rest is
silence.
This same Daily Crescent (when shall we have a study that
will do full justice to the influence of the daily newspaper upon
American literature?) was host, some thirteen years later, to
another American immortal: Mark Twain. He was also a young
man (twenty-six; three years younger than Whitman had been
in the same circumstance), a jack-of-all-trades with a flair for
journalism, groping his way towards a destiny that none of his
friends could ever have guessed for him.
Honor to the New Orleans Daily Crescent. What greater
fame could a newspaper ask? "A whale-ship," says Herman

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