A Horse's Tale
|Illustrator||Lucius Wolcott Hitchcock|
|Publisher||Harper & Brothers|
|Media type||Print (hardback)|
|Preceded by||Christian Science (essay)|
|Followed by||Is Shakespeare Dead?|
A Horse's Tale is a novel by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), written partially in the voice of Soldier Boy, who is Buffalo Bill's favorite horse, at a fictional frontier outpost with the U.S. 7th Cavalry.
Harper's Magazine originally published the story in two installments in August and September 1906. Clemens wrote the story after receiving a request from actress Minnie Maddern Fiske to assist in her drive against bullfighting. Harper's published the story as a 153-page book in October 1907.
Clemen's daughter Susy Clemens, who died in 1896 at age 24 of spinal meningitis, is understood to be inspiration for lead character Cathy Alison. When Clemens provided the story to Harper's, he included a photograph of Susy for the illustrator to use for Cathy.
- Facsimile of the first edition
- Rasmussen, R. Kent. Critical Companion to Mark Twain: A Literary Reference to His Life and Work, p. 169-74 (Facts on File, 2d ed. 2007) (ISBN 978-0816053988)
- (April 21, 2010). Mark Twain manuscript reveals author's pain at losing his daughter, The Guardian
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