|What a curious thing a "detective" story is. And was there ever
one that the author needn't be ashamed of, except the "Murders in the
- Mark Twain's Notebook
To me his prose is unreadable--like Jane Austin's [sic]. No there is a difference.
I could read his prose on salary, but not Jane's. Jane is entirely impossible.
It seems a great pity that they allowed her to die a natural death.
- Letter to William Dean Howells, 18 January 1909
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