Heartfelt Twain tribute snapped up at auction

The 64-page manuscript, titled A Family Sketch, was penned by the literary legend following Olive’s death from spinal meningitis in 1896, at the age of 24.

Describing her personality, Twain wrote, “She was a magazine of feelings, (of) all shades of force…

“In all things she was intense: in her this characteristic was not a mere glow, dispensing warmth, but a consuming fire.”

The tribute was part of a collection of manuscripts by The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn writer which went under the hammer at Sotherby’s in New York on Friday (18Jun10).