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2019.04.30 Mark Twain’s Lost Book Published in Japanese
In January 2019, the Japanese edition of Mark Twain’s unpublished children’s book, titled "The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine" hit bookstores. The manuscript was discovered by Winthrop University English Professor John Bird back in 2011, and was published in 2017 from Doubleday Books for Young Readers. The Japanese version was translated by rolex replica for men children’s book author Hiko Tanaka and English literature researcher Prof. Sumiko Yokokawa.

Prof. Bird made the discovery when visiting University of California at Berkeley for research on a Mark Twain cookbook. He noticed a file marked as “Oleomargarine” which contained Twain’s handwritten notes on the story. Bird then asked Philip Stead, the author of the Caldecott Medal-winning book “A Sick Day for Amos McGee,” to complete the book. Erin Stead, Phillip’s wife, was the illustrator.

Mark Twain is famous worldwide with classics like “Tom Sawyer” and “Huckleberry Finn” but the antagonist in “Oleomargarine” is quite the opposite of Tom and Huck. Johnny was living a sad life in a poor country. But one day, he can suddenly talk to animals. Later he, along with his animal friends, sets off to find the missing prince of the country.

The story is believed to have been written for Twain’s two daughters. No one knows why he did not complete the story to publish. We have the opportunity to read it now thanks to Prof. Bird and Mr. and cheap rolex replica uk Mrs. Stead. Though it is a children’s book, one can still enjoy exploring yet a new realm Twain attempted to create.