Mark Twain's Birthday Honoree Banquet
December 5, 1905
New York City
Mark Twain’s seventieth birthday party at Delmonico’s was national news. The attendees were equally divided between men and women, including the 32-year-old writer Willa Cather. The bill of fare is illustrated with comic sketches by cartoonist Leon Barritt (1852-1938) depicting the guest of honor at the successive stages of his career. The dinner was hosted by George Harvey, the owner and editor of Harper’s Weekly which published a special supplement with photographs of the 170 guests sitting at tables.