Letters of a Self-Made Diplomat to His President - Vol. 1

Letters of a Self-Made Diplomat to His President - Vol. 1

Letters of a Self-Made Diplomat to His President - Vol. 1

Letters of a Self-Made Diplomat to His President - Vol. 1

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All the big writers nowadays are fetching out their books in volumes, or a series of volumes rather. It's really the great American tragedy that it is being done that way. H. G. Wells has a new serial running in half a dozen sections with a warning that he can write a five hundred page postscript at a moment's notice.

Theodore Dreiser got his hero in so bad in one volume that it took another bigger one to get him executed. The day of the "one book man" is gone, the same as the day of the "one gun man" in the movies was limited. The advantages of double barrel over the old single barrel breech loading books is numerous. In the first place you can always say in the second volume what you forgot to say (or hadent read probably) in the first book. Or, more handy still, you can use it for denial purposes. I hope to be like a good bookkeeper: when my volumes are finished my accusations and denials will balance so even that I havent really said a thing. Then there is a sales value, two or three volumes are harder to push out of the way in a bookstore than one volume is. So this little work you are fondling now is really just a preface, or foreword, and if there is any little problem confronting the reader that is not made entirely clear . . .

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