My Friendly Contemporaries: A Literary Log

My Friendly Contemporaries: A Literary Log

My Friendly Contemporaries: A Literary Log

My Friendly Contemporaries: A Literary Log

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This volume like its predecessors, "Roadside Meetings" and "Companions on the Trail," is based upon my literary log, entries made from day to day, and like them it is designed to be self-explanatory, capable of being understood without reference to any other of my books.

Ten volumes of my diaries running from 1913 to 1923 have been drawn upon, as a mariner might thumb his log-books to furnish forth the story of his voyages. In these citations I have not only recorded the ships I have hailed and the captains I have spoken but also some of the storms, fogs, reefs and doldrums I have encountered in my devious course. In all these excerpts the moods of the moment have been left unchanged in order that the record shall be authentic.

In deference to the advice of my publishers, certain biographic lines have been repeated--an expedient which I trust the readers of my earlier chronicle will pardon. Ultimately this book will be sold in a set with its kind but it will not do to assume that its readers are familiar with the preceding volumes. Far less can I assume that they remember "Back-Trailers from the Middle Border," therefore a slender thread of family history has been used to bind the records together and to aid in tracing the author's incessant and erratic voyaging.

My original intention was to put these dated records forth in stark diary form but my advisers all voted against . . .

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