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Publisher and MS. Owner Win Rights to Unpublished Piece
Supreme Court Justice Aron Steuer dismissed yesterday the complaint in a suit to restrain the publication of a detective story written by Mark Twain, which had never been published.
The suit was brought by a trustee of the estate of Samuel L. Clemens. The suit was directed against Lew D. Feldman of 45 East Fifty-first, rare book dealer and publisher and Allan Hyman of 535 Fifth Avenue, who purchased the manuscript at an auction on Jan. 8, 1945.
Thomas G. Chamberlain, attorney and trustee of the estate, filed the suit after Mr. Feldman had sought and been refused permission to publish the story. The suit charged that publication of the work was in violation of their "literary rights" and that it would injure the "fame and reputation" of the author.
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