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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
21st November 1943 7 Belgian ministers in London sentence King Leopold III
21st November 1941 Born today: Juliet Mills, London England, actress (Nanny and the Professor, QB VII)
21st November 1934 Uiver returns from Schiphol in London-Melbourne air race
21st November 1781 Watercolour artist Cornelius Varley born in Hackney, East London.
21st November 1696 J Vanbrughes Relapse or Virtue in Danger, premieres in London
Mark Twain's death
This is where writer Mark Twain lived and gave his famous quote
Location: 23 Tedworth Square, Chelsea, London, SW3 4DR
Description: This is the house where Mark Twain and his family lived in through 1896/7, where he worked on his last travel book 'Following The Equator'.
The death of his daughter from meningitis had a profound effect on him leaving the great author sad and embittered. He was scathing about the work produced by Chelsea artists. He likened a painting by Turner to a tortoiseshell cat floundering on a plate of tomatoes.
In 1912 Albert Bigelow Paine published a biography of the recently deceased Twain, based on Twains oral reminiscences. By this point his straightforward factual remark to the Journal correspondent had taken on a sardonic tone. Paine wrote: A reporter ferreted him out and appeared at Ted-worth Square with cabled instructions from his paper . His orders read:
If Mark Twain very ill, five hundred words. If dead, send one thousand.
Clemens smiled grimly as he handed back the cable.
You dont need as much as that, he said. Just say the report of my death has been grossly exaggerated.
And in that form, with minor differences in wording, the anecdote has been passed down ever since.