While there is scant evidence that Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) ever visited Pfaff's bar (only one source suggests that he did [Rawson 99]), he was connected to the Pfaff's bohemians in a number of
Emerson examines Mark Twain's writings within the context of his life.
Emerson links Aldrich and Twain together through their two bad boy characters. According to Emerson, Twain was consciously drawing on the themes already being developed by Aldrich and other literary contemporaries; "like Aldrich's boy, Tom Bailey, Tom Sawyer is a bookish boy, and the book as a whole has a bookish, 'Eastern' quality" (92). This similar literary fascination could link the two writers and highlight their friendship.
The Vault at Pfaff's
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