Both of the tales in this little volume appeared originally in the "Atlantic Monthly" as anonymous contributions. I owe to the present owners of that journal permission to use them. The Autobiography of a Quack has been recast with large additions.
The Case of George Dedlow was not written with any intention that it should appear in print. I lent the manuscript to the Rev. Dr. Furness and forgot it. This gentle. man sent it to the Rev. Edward Everett Hale. He, presuming, I fancy, that every one desired to appear in the Atlantic, offered it to that journal. To my surprise, soon afterwards I received a proof and a check. The story was inserted as a leading article without my name. It was at once accepted by many as the description of a real case. Money was . . .
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