The Sunday (Portland) Oregonian|
4 August 1895
Mark Twain This Week.
For two decades, Samuel L. Clemens, known wherever the English language is spoken by his nom de plume "Mark Twain," has been recognized as the world's leading humorist. The originality of his style defies plagiarism and baffles imitation. Whether he treats of typical Americans, as in "Innocents Abroad," or of traditionary characters, as in "A Yankee in King Arthur's Court," Mark Twain always preserves the consistencies and at the same time with fine satire touches and exposes the foibles and weak sides of his characters in such a way as to render his writings at the same time intensely interesting and irresistibly mirth-provoking. So keen is his penetration into human nature that no characteristic of his subjects, however well hidden, escapes him, and he portrays the concealed skeletons in their closets as accurately as a camera produces a photograph.
With rare versatility, Mark Twain not only excels with his pen, but is equally at home on the platform, and captivates his audiences by the dry, droll, almost apathetic manner in which he brings out the wit and humor of his own productions. In easy attitude, with a scowling countenance and an inimitable drawl, Mark Twain's first utterances never fail to excite the risibilities of his audience. A gale of laughter speedily follows which continues unintermittently until his last numbers have been rendered. Other humorists may interest for a time, but sooner or later become tedious and wearisome.
Wherever English is spoken a longing is felt to spend a delightful evening with the great humorist and satirist, and it is in response to this desire that Mark Twain is now making a tour of the world. After delighting thousands of people in Cleveland and throughout the Northwest, he is now approaching Portland, and will appear at the Marquam Grand next Friday, August 9.