Re: [OT] Mark Twain [was Re: A bit of bomb throwing....]

From: Stefano Mazzocchi <>
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2006 13:40:55 -0500

Frank Manola wrote:

>>> FYI: Mark Twain gave the same advice in replying to mail (although
>>> his mail was paper).
>> Really? wow, it's an honor to have independently discovered that.
>> Frank, do you have a pointer for that?
> I remembered it from a book of Twain's selected letters, and he actually
> stated the principle in more than one place, in slightly different
> language. The passage I remembered can be found online at
> (it starts part way
> down the page). Apparently he applied this principle so often that he
> started a series of matched pairs of letters: the unsent version and the
> one he actually wound up sending. This is the proposed introduction to
> the series. Needless to say, the unsent letters are hilarious!
> A different passage where he says much the same thing can be found at
> (and related pages).

Thanks! much appreciated!

Stefano Mazzocchi
Research Scientist                 Digital Libraries Research Group
Massachusetts Institute of Technology            location: E25-131C
77 Massachusetts Ave                   telephone: +1 (617) 253-1096
Cambridge, MA  02139-4307              email: stefanom at mit . edu
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