Twain received an honorary doctorate in letters from Oxford University in 1907. He was in worthy company. Honorary degrees were also awarded to composer Camille Saint-Saens, sculptor Auguste Rodin, writer Rudyard Kipling, and General William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army.
In Latin, by University chancellor Lord Curzon, our Mark Twain was addressed thus:
"Most amiable and charming and playful sir, you shake the sides of the world with your merriment!"