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On the Decay of the Art of Lying [Hardcover]

Item : On the Decay of the Art of Lying [Hardcover]
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Author Author : Twain, Mark
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 1429096160
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9781429096164
Publisher Publisher : American Roots
Pages Pages : 40
Binding Binding : Hardcover
Item ID : 100099562

In 1880, the great American author and humorist Mark Twain wrote his essay On the Decay of the Art of Lying for a Historical and Antiquarian Club meeting in Hartford, Connecticut. Twain's humorous and satirical voice is in full flower, as he discusses the universal pastime of lying, and suggests that judicious lying should be encouraged and cultivated  as long as one strives &to lie with a good object, and not an evil one; to lie for others' advantage, and not our own; to lie healingly, charitably, humanely, not cruelly, hurtfully, maliciously& This short work is part of Applewood's American Roots series, tactile mementos of American passions by some of America's most famous writers and thinkers. When I was growing up my grandfather advised me: 'Dress British, but think Yiddish.' It was good counsel and this has ruled me most of my life. The advice, of course, suggested that I learn to build an exterior that belied my interior. I can only imagine what Mark Twain would have thought about this, but for me it was a call to practice a high art of lying. We live in an age where Truth and Trust are sisters. But while everyone is clamoring for transparency, sometimes a filter of color softens the light, and brings comfort and warmth to those friends, family, acquaintances, and passersby who need it most. Phil Zuckerman, Publisher

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