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Directory of Mark Twain's maxims, quotations, and various opinions:

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JUMPING FROG of Calaveras County

It certainly had a wide celebrity...but I was aware that it was only the frog that was celebrated. It wasn't I.
- Mark Twain's Autobiography
Twain and frog

Flies, Dan'l

[Speaking of Smiley, hero of the Jumping Frog story]
He was a real character, and his name was Greeley. The way he got the name of Smiley was this -- I wrote the story for the New York Saturday Gazette, a perishing weekly so-called literary newspaper -- a home of poverty; it was the last number -- the jumping frog killed it. They had not enough "G's", so they changed Greeley's name to "Smiley." That's a fact.
- "Mark Twain Put to the Question" interview, Adelaide South Australian Register, 10/14/1895

Jumping Frog statue at Angel's Camp

Photo of Mark Twain statute with jumping frogs from Angel's Camp, CA
courtesy of Dave Thomson.

The statue of Mark Twain in Utica Park was donated to the City of Angels on May 25, 1944 by Warner Bros. after the filming of The Adventures of Mark Twain. The statue was made by P.C. Manuelli, a noted Italian sculptor.



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