the shortest corespondence in literature.
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Asked by: digiphernalia-ga
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07 Feb 2004 13:35 PST
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Question ID: 304523
There is this correspondence between an author and his publisher - the author writes a letter containing only a question mark and the publisher answers with an exclamation mark - I always though this was Proust, but I have searched in vain
Re: the shortest corespondence in literature.
Answered By: revbrenda1st-ga on 07 Feb 2004 14:10 PST
Hi digiphernalia, Thanks for the question, and here's your answer. It was Victor Hugo. "The shortest correspondence on record was between this author and his publisher Hurst & Blackett in 1862.The author was anxious to know how his new novel was doing.He wrote '?' and got '!' for the answer." Quiz #156 - Vinod http://www.kcircle.com/index.html?q156a The novel in question is, of course, Les MisÚrables, and you can read it in its entirety (all 365 chapters) at this fully searchable website. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo: A searchable on-line version at The ... http://www.online-literature.com/victor_hugo/les_miserables/ Happy reading! Regards, revbrenda Search strategy: shortest correspondence between an author and his publisher ://www.google.ca/search?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=shortest+correspondence+between+an+author+and+his+publisher&btnG=Google+Search&meta=
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