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Mark Twain on a Forever Stamp

by Washington Post Editors

The legendary American writer Mark Twain is getting his own Forever Stamp on Saturday. The U.S. Postal Service will issue the stamp at the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum in Hannibal, Mo.

Mark Twain will be honored with a Forever Stamp in Missouri on Saturday. (U.S. Postal Service)

Twain, born in 1835, is known for enduring characters, such as Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, whose story of his adventures and frienship with a runaway slave still spark controversy.

“Our literary tribute this year rightfully honors Mark Twain, author of one of the greatest novels in American literature and the man whom William Faulkner called ‘the first truly American writer,” said Postal Service Board of Governors member James H. Bilbray. “Mark Twain was a rarity, as he was one of the first writers to exploit the vernacular voice in his books, using the speech of common Americans.”

The stamp image of an older Twain is the collaboration of stamp designer Phil Jordan and artist Gregory Manchess, who based a portrait of Twain on a photo taken about 1907.

The Twain stamp is the 27th in the Literary Art series, which also includes Ernest Hemingway, James Baldwin, William Faulkner and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.

Twain’s stamps can be purchased at local post offices or at

Customers have 60 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by sending a stamped, self-addressed return envelope in a larger envelope to:

Mark Twain Stamp

U.S. Postal Service

801 Broadway Street

Hannibal, Mo. 63401-9998


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