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This is a book with never-before published stories by Mark Twain, written when the great writer spent half a year in Berlin, Germany. Read more

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This is a book with never-before published stories by Mark Twain, written when the great writer spent half a year in Berlin, Germany.

New York, NY Nonfiction
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Help to bring never-before published stories of Mark Twain, the great American writer and humorist to light, for all to appreciate! It is a little known fact that Mark Twain spent half a year of his life in Berlin, Germany, in winter 1891-1892, together with his wife, Olivia, and his three daughters, where he wrote various articles.

This is the first book to tell of this journey and to print these stories. For Twain, being in Berlin was an exciting experience. The author quickly became a local celebrity, met fellow American writers and diplomats, was the subject of news stories, was invited to festivities, and socialized with famous Berliners. But he also got into trouble with the police, suffered from his apartment in a rough neighborhood, and nearly died of pneumonia, while his 17-year-old daughter, Clara, became popular among young officers and musicians.

Near the end of his stay, he had dinner with the Kaiser and witnessed a near-uprising in front of the castle. While in Berlin, Twain did research for a number of books, and he wrote three newspaper stories about Berlin. But only one of them, “Berlin — the Chicago of Europe,” was ever published--in the Chicago Tribune in 1892. Until now, everything else has been hidden in archives. But that can change!

With your help, every American can experience these never-seen-before stories from and about Mark Twain. Your money will be used to pay for the acquisition of story and photo rights, for the translation of German articles about Twain, and for general research in Berlin. By helping this book come to life, you can be a part of America's most famous author.

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    $2 reward

    1 backer

    This gets you an invitation (by email) for the introduction of the book in either New York City or San Francisco.

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    $7 reward

    3 backers

    This gets you a 2.25'' button with a picture of Mark Twain and one of his quotes. You can choose between a quote about Berlin ("Berlin is a luminous center of intelligence ... a wonderful city"), and his famous quote about politics ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of  Congress. But I repeat myself.")

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    $12 reward

    3 backers

    This gets you three Berlinica ebooks for you Kindle or another device. You can choose between "Wallflower," a love story set when the Wall came down, "Berlin for Free," a guide to everything free in Berlin, the history book "Berlin in the Cold War," or "The Berlin Wall Today," a color picture guide to the remnants of the Wall. You can check out all those books on Amazon.

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    14 backers

    This gets you a preview softcover copy of the book "Mark Twain in Berlin".

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    $35 reward

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    This gets you a T-shirt with a picture of Mark Twain and one of the two quotes mentioned above in a color and size of your choice.

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    2 backers

    This gets you a preview hardcover copy of the book Mark Twain in Berlin.

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    This gets you a preview hardcover copy of the book Mark Twain in Berlin, signed by Lewis Lapham, the editor of Harper’s magazine, who wrote the preface, or by comedian Andy Borowitz, who blurbed the book and is a supporter of the Mark Twain Museum.

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    7 backers

    This gets you a preview hardcover copy of the book AND your name in the book as a scholar who made the publication of these newly discovered Mark Twain stories possible.

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    This gets you a private, day-long guided tour by the publisher herself in Berlin, to all of the places Mark Twain was in the winter of 1891-1892. The tour starts with breakfast at Potsdamer Strasse, where Twain’s wife, Olivia, rented their first apartment, takes you to the places where Twain did research, went to church, gave speeches, or met people, and ends with dinner at a restaurant near the posh avenue Unter den Linden, which Twain frequented. You will also meet Tagesspiegel editor Andreas Austilat for lunch, who wrote the introduction and get a copy of the book signed by him.

    Now, since we found a gracious backer, we will also put you up for free near Kurfürstendamm. Please keep in mind that this doesn’t cover airfare. The day-long tour date is your choice, preferably in summer 2012. If you want to bring a spouse, a friend, or a kid, the amount is $1000 for both of you altogether.

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