A Horse's Tale

A Horse's Tale is a novel by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), written partially in the voice of Soldier Boy, who is Buffalo Bill's favorite horse, at a fictional frontier outpost with the U.S. 7th Cavalry.

A Horse's Tale
First edition
AuthorMark Twain
IllustratorLucius Wolcott Hitchcock
CountryUnited States
PublisherHarper & Brothers
Publication date
Media typePrint (hardback)


Harper's Magazine originally published the story in two installments in August and September 1906.[2] Clemens wrote the story after receiving a request from actress Minnie Maddern Fiske to assist in her drive against bullfighting.[2] Harper's published the story as a 153-page book in October 1907.[2]

Clemens's daughter Susy Clemens, who died in 1896 at age 24 of spinal meningitis, is understood to be the inspiration for lead character Cathy Alison.[2][3] When Clemens provided the story to Harper's, he included a photograph of Susy for the illustrator to use for Cathy.[2]

See also


  1. Facsimile of the first edition
  2. Rasmussen, R. Kent. Critical Companion to Mark Twain: A Literary Reference to His Life and Work, p. 169-74 (Facts on File, 2d ed. 2007) (ISBN 978-0816053988)
  3. (April 21, 2010). Mark Twain manuscript reveals author's pain at losing his daughter, The Guardian

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