A Second Treasury of the World's Great Letters

A Second Treasury of the World's Great Letters

A Second Treasury of the World's Great Letters

A Second Treasury of the World's Great Letters

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When a publisher issues the second or companion volume in a series, or places his imprint upon a sequel, it is incumbent upon him to announce that he is doing so in response to insistent, sometimes even clamorous, public demand. That is the hallowed procedure in the folkways of publishing.

In the case of A Second Treasury of the World's Great Letters the publisher finds himself in the embarrassing and doubtless highly unconstitutional position of being in "double jeopardy." He not only edited the first Treasury of the World's Great Letters-- but compounded the felony by helping his partner to publish it. As the original perpetrator, it behooves him, therefore, to be duly diffident, modest, and shy; as an accomplice and accessory after the crime, he happens to know all the facts. His left hand has kept his right hand fully informed.

The plain truth of the matter is that this second anthology of the world's notable correspondence was instigated originally by the editor of the first volume, ratified by the selfsame publisher and his colleagues, and aided and abetted by those readers and reviewers who served as volunteer back-seat letter carriers without portfolio.

When, within a few months after publication, the first volume reached more than three hundred thousand readers (thanks to the booksellers of America and the Book of the Month Club and to having the right publisher) the editor found himself deluged-- well, at least, refreshingly sprinkled and bespattered--with freelance suggestions, both amateur and professional, ranging from . . .

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