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Q: the shortest corespondence in literature. ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: the shortest corespondence in literature.
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Books and Literature
Asked by: digiphernalia-ga
List Price: $4.00
Posted: 07 Feb 2004 13:35 PST
Expires: 08 Mar 2004 13:35 PST
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
Subject: Re: the shortest corespondence in literature.
Answered By: revbrenda1st-ga on 07 Feb 2004 14:10 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
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

The novel in question is, of course, Les MisÚrables, and you can read
it in its entirety (all 365 chapters) at this fully searchable
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo: A searchable on-line version at The ...

Happy reading!


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