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Publication Date

Spring 1-30-2017

Quick Facts

  • Called “The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine,” it is the story of a young boy who eats a flower sprouted by a magical seed and gains the ability to talk to animals.
  • Bird said he spotted Twain’s notes on the story while visiting the Mark Twain Papers & Project at the University of California at Berkeley in 2011. A noted Twain scholar and author of “Mark Twain and Metaphor” (University of Missouri Press, 2007), Bird quickly recognized their significance.