"I, Norton I, hereby proclaim that Samuel Clemens, newspaperman,
who also writes under the nom-de-plume of Mark Twain, is made, by Royal
Appointment, official spinner of tales and teller of stories to these
United States of America, for the duration of his mortal lifetime.
Norton I, Emperor."
proclamation has been sited by Neil Gaiman in his graphic novel The
Sandman Fables Reflections, "Three Septembers and a January."
No other reference to it has been found to date and therefore it is currently
presumed fictive. However, Mark Twain certainly deserved the title. If
Norton-1 didn't decree the Royal Appointment during His reign, it's likely
He would have posthumorously.
work has The Emperor urging Samuel Clemens to write a story about a frog
in Sept. 1864--not impossible. Twain first published "Jim Smiley
and His Jumping Frog" on 18 November 1865 and again [16 December
1865] with a new title "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras
County." The book was published in 1867.