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Mark Twain, A Biography 1886-1900
Albert Paine

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This etext was prepared by David Widger,  

COPYRIGHT, 1912, BY HARPER & BROTHERS 

MARK TWAIN, A BIOGRAPHY
By Albert Bigelow Paine 

VOLUME II, Part 2: 1886-1900  

CLXII 

BROWNING, MEREDITH, AND MEISTERSCHAFT 

The Browning readings must have begun about this time.  Just what kindled
Mark Twain's interest in the poetry of Robert Browning is not remembered,
but very likely his earlier associations with the poet had something to
do with it.  Whatever the beginning, we find him, during the winter of
1886 and 1887, studiously, even violently, interested in Browning's
verses, entertaining a sort of club or class who gathered to hear his

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