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THE CELEBRATED JUMPING FROG

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"The Frog that Jump Started

Mark Twain's Career"

Los Angeles Times, May 14, 2014

According to the LA Times article, the following entry came from a notebook of a gold seeking prospector, Samuel Clemens, in 1864. "Coleman with his jumping frog--bet stranger $50--stranger had no frog & C got him one--in the meantime stranger filled C's frog full of shot & he couldn't jump--the stranger's frog won."

Little did Clemens know that this would be the source of his short story and launch his career as one of America's greatest authors. The story was first published in the New York weekly, The Saturday Press, which gained Twain national attention.

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