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Mark Twain House hopes for boost from 1879 fairy tale

Associated Press logo Associated Press 1/25/2017 By MICHAEL MELIA, Associated Press
This cover image released by Doubleday Books for Young Readers shows, "The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine," by Mark Twain and Philip Stead, with illustrations by Erin Stead. The unfinished fairy tale that Mark Twain told his young daughters in the 1870s is being published. The contract for the story's sale to Random House was steered through Hartford's Mark Twain House and Museum as a way to shore up the finances of the building where the author raised his family. (Doubleday Books for Young Readers via AP) © The Associated Press This cover image released by Doubleday Books for Young Readers shows, "The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine," by Mark Twain and Philip Stead, with illustrations by Erin Stead. The unfinished fairy tale that Mark Twain told his young daughters in the 1870s is being published. The contract for the story's sale to Random House was steered through Hartford's Mark Twain House and Museum as a way to shore up the finances of the building where the author raised his family. (Doubleday Books for Young Readers via AP)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Notes that Mark Twain jotted down from a fairy tale he told his daughters more than a century ago have inspired a new children's book, "The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine."

At the Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford, Connecticut, there is excitement that the story could help introduce the writer to wider audiences — and provide a financial lift for the museum.

A researcher found the story in the archive of the Mark Twain Papers at the University of California at Berkeley. The contract for the book was steered through the Mark Twain House and Museum in part because of its financial struggles.

The book tells the story of a boy who gains the ability to talk to animals and joins them to rescue a kidnapped prince.

It is set to be published in September.

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