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Q: the shortest corespondence in literature. ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
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Subject: the shortest corespondence in literature.
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Books and Literature
Asked by: digiphernalia-ga
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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
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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
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

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