VIA SANTO STEFANO ROTONDO 6
DEAR MR. BURNETT:
I am pleased to hear of your proposed book, in which something of mine is to be included. You do not speak of the length that would be suitable. Some of the pieces you mention are of considerable length, and might prove heavy to the average reader. There is another which I, personally, prefer, namely, in Dialogues in Limbo, the third Dialogue entitled "Normal Madness." I have rashly lent my copy to a friend, and have only the reprint in the Triton Edition, where it fills 15 pages. But it could be abridged to advantage, without touching the three themes that I think in depth and variety reveal my philosophy better than any other selection could in the same compass. The book has been out of print, but is to be re-issued soon by Scribners together with the three "new" Dialogues that have recently appeared in the Atlantic Monthly. In case you approve, I suggest in the enclosed the possible cuts.
Persons in the Dialogue
The Shades of Democritus, Alcibiades, Aristippus, Dionysius the Younger.
The Spirit of one still living on earth, called The Stranger.