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

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Wed Nov 15 22:04:45 EST 2017

This request from Nov. 2 has been satisfied. I was sent scans from the
1928 privately printed volume, and the QI article has been updated.

[Begin acknowledgement]
Many thanks to Peter E. Blau who acquired scans from the limited
edition 1928 volume and to Kevin Mac Donnell (of Mac Donnell Rare
Books) who also verified the citation. In addition, thanks to Barbara
Schmidt who successfully relayed the request.
[End acknowledgement]


On Thu, Nov 2, 2017 at 3:43 PM, ADSGarson O'Toole
<adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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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