Mark Twain's Speeches

Mark Twain's Speeches
Author:
Mark Twain
ISBN:
9781519501257
ISBN10:
1519501250
Publisher:
Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Language:
English
Binding:
Paperback
Publication date:
1852-11-24
Illustrated:
No

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These speeches will address themselves to the minds and hearts of those who read them, but not with the effect they had with those who heard them; Clemens himself would have said, not with half the effect. I have noted elsewhere how he always held that the actor doubled the value of the author's words; and he was a great actor as well as a great author. He was a most consummate actor, with this difference from other actors, that he was the first to know the thoughts and invent the fancies to which his voice and action gave the color of life. Representation is the art of other actors; his art was creative as well as representative; it was nothing at second hand. I never heard Clemens speak when I thought he quite failed; some burst or spurt redeemed him when he seemed flagging short of the goal, and, whoever else was in the running, he came in ahead. His near-failures were the error of a rare trust to the spontaneity in which other speakers confide, or are believed to confide, when they are on their feet. He knew that from the beginning of oratory the orator's spontaneity was for the silence and solitude of the closet where he mused his words to an imagined audience; that this was the use of orators from Demosthenes and Cicero up and down.


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Title:
Mark Twain's Speeches
ISBN:
9781519501257
ISBN-10:
1519501250
Author:
Mark Twain

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