Booklicious: Mark Twain's About to Get Some Tongue

June 27, 2011


You know you're big when you make it onto a postage stamp. So what does it mean when you land your mug on two stamps? This weekend, the USPS released a new Forever design starring Mr. Samuel Clemens, who graced his first stamp back in 1940. 

“Our literary tribute this year rightfully honors Mark Twain, author of one of the greatest novels in American literature and the man whom William Faulkner called ‘the first truly American writer,’ said Postal Service Board of Governors member James H. Bilbray. “Mark Twain was a rarity, as he was one of the first writers to exploit the vernacular voice in his books, using the speech of common Americans.”

This new design is the 27th stamp in the USPS' Literary Arts series, which launched in 1979. Other honorees include Dorothy Parker, Ernest Hemingway, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. The new stamp is on sale now for 44 cents; to buy online, click here. To check out the rest of the Literary Arts series honorees, go here


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