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The History and The Culture of Chess

Life on the Mississippi

August 2006


 Chess was only rarely mentioned in mainstream 19th century literature.

Leave it to the wonderful Sam Clemens to be one who mentions Chess on page 235 of his
semi-autobiographical Life on the Mississippi (the first book composed on a typewriter)

"During the brief remainder of the trip, I knew how an emancipated slave feels; for I was an emancipated slave myself. While we lay at landings, I listened to George Ealer's flute; or to his readings from his two bibles, that is to say, Goldsmith and Shakspeare; or I played chess with him--and would have beaten him sometimes, only he always took back his last move and ran the game out differently."

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