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MARK TWAIN IN THE GOLDEN ERA
1863-1866

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The Golden Era was a San Francisco weekly literary journal founded in 1852 by Rollin Daggett and J. Macdonough Foard. From 1860 - 1867 it was published by James Brooks and Joseph E. Lawrence. Mark Twain was a reporter for the Virginia City Territorial Enterprise when he first began to submit articles to the Golden Era. The journal printed at least thirty-nine pieces from Twain, some originally written for the Era, others reprinted from the Territorial Enterprise as well as other newspapers. Scholars have identified several other unsigned articles from the Golden Era attributed to Twain but whose authorship remains unproven. The texts of some items originally printed in the Golden Era were later revised by Twain for inclusion in later collected editions of his works.

September 13, 1863 - Bigler vs Tahoe [reprinted from Territorial Enterprise]
September 20, 1863
- How to Cure a Cold
September 27, 1863
- Mark Twain - More of Him - All About Fashions
September 27, 1863
- The Lick House Ball
October 11, 1863
- The Great Prize Fight
November 22, 1863
- On Murders [reprinted from Daily Morning Call]
November 29, 1863
- Ingomar Over the Mountains [reprinted from Territorial Enterprise]
November 29, 1863 - Greetings to Artemus Ward [reprinted from Territorial Enterprise]
December 6, 1863
- A Tide of Eloquence [reprinted from Territorial Enterprise]
February 28, 1864
- Concerning Notaries [reprinted from Territorial Enterprise]
March 27, 1864
- Those Blasted Children [reprinted from New York Sunday Mercury]
May 1, 1864
- Hors de Combat [reprinted from three items in Territorial Enterprise: "Frightful Accident to Dan DeQuille" -"An Infamous Proceeding" - "Mark Twain Takes a Lesson in the Manly Art"]
May 15, 1864
- Stories for Good Little Boys and Girls [attributed]
May 22, 1864
- Washoe - Information Wanted [reprinted from Territorial Enterprise]
June 26, 1864
- In the Metropolis [reprinted from Territorial Enterprise]
June 26, 1864
- The Evidence in the Case of Smith vs Jones
July 3, 1864
- Early Rising, As Regards Excursions to the Cliff House
July 2, 1865
- Smith Brown Jones [attributed]
July 9, 1865 - S. Browne Jones [attributed]
July 16, 1865 - S. Browne Jones [attributed]
October 22, 1865 - Earthquake Almanac [reprinted from San Francisco Dramatic Chronicle]
November 26, 1865 - The Pioneers' Ball [reprinted from Territorial Enterprise]
January 14, 1866 - New Year's Day [reprinted from Territorial Enterprise]
January 21, 1866 - What have the Police been Doing? [reprinted from portion of letter to Territorial Enterprise]
January 21, 1866 - Fitz Smythe's Horse [reprinted from portion of letter to Territorial Enterprise]
January 28, 1866 - The Kearny Street Ghost Story [reprinted from Territorial Enterprise]
January 28, 1866 - Captain Montgomery [reprinted from portion of letter to Territorial Enterprise]
January 28, 1866 - The Chapman Family [reprinted from portion of letter to Territorial Enterprise]
January 28, 1866 - Busted, and gone Abroad [reprinted from portion of letter to Territorial Enterprise]
January 28, 1866 - Miseries of Washoe Men
February 4, 1866 - Among the Spirits [reprinted from portion of letter to Territorial Enterprise]
February 11, 1866 - Mark Twain a Committee Man [reprinted from Territorial Enterprise]
February 18, 1866 - The Signal Corps [reprinted from Territorial Enterprise]
February 18, 1866 - Spiritual Insanity [reprinted from Territorial Enterprise]
February 18, 1866 - Mysterious Newspaper Man [reprinted from Territorial Enterprise]
February 25, 1866 - On California Critics
February 25, 1866 - On Fashions [reprinted from portion of letter to Territorial Enterprise]
February 25, 1866 - A San Francisco Millionaire
March 4, 1866 - The New Wildcat Religion
March 4, 1866 - Biographical Sketch of George Washington [reprinted from portion of letter to Territorial Enterprise]
March 11, 1866 - More Spiritual Investigations
March 11, 1866 - On Boot-blacks
March 18, 1866 - Reflections on the Sabbath


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