Mark Twain and his family

Unpublished Mark Twain Story Coming in Fall

The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine is an 11-chapter children’s story from 1879 that was never finished or published. It was written by none other than Mark Twain and finished and illustrated by A Sick Day for Amos McGee authors Philip and Erin Stead. 

According to the press release,

THE PURLOINING OF PRINCE OLEOMARGARINE follows a young boy who eats the flower sprouted by a magical seed and gains the ability to talk to animals. From there, the boy and his new animal friends go off on a wild adventure to rescue a kidnapped prince. Though the story was left in fragments and never completed by Twain, it bears many of the hallmarks of his beloved style, in the humor and playfulness and in the quest of a young boy off on his own navigating the adult world. 

Look out for Twain’s story on September 26th!



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