[Ads-l] Request help accessing rare pamphlets by Frank Nelson Doubleday to research Twain quotation

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Thu Nov 2 15:43:53 EDT 2017


A controversial quotation about publishers was attributed to Mark
Twain by Frank Nelson Doubleday in a posthumous work published in
1972. Here is some background:

Recipe To Create a Publisher: Take an Idiot Man from a Lunatic Asylum . . .
https://quoteinvestigator.com/2017/11/02/recipe/

Frank Doubleday privately printed two pamphlets in 1928 and 1929
titled “A Few Indiscreet Recollections” and “More Indiscreet
Recollections”. These were limited editions and the pamphlets are now
rare. One of these pamphlets may contain the quotation attributed to
Twain. Evidence from 1928/1929 would be superior to evidence from
1972.

Perhaps your library contains one of these pamphlets and you would be
willing to search for the quotation. Please contact me off list if you
are willing to help.

With appreciation
Garson O'Toole

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