Tue, 5 Sep 2006 22:36:27 EDT
In a message dated 9/5/2006 7:00:31 P.M. Pacific Standard Time,
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It would be an interesting thesis to
write about why Twain surrounded himself with works by authors he despised
(and perhaps how the differences he saw between himself and them shaped who
he ended up being).
As a writer, I also keep many novels in the sub-genre in which I write,
which seem sub-par to the best and even to my own. I think it natural that
would have such books, and also that he'd study them, criticize them and
them for at least an example of what not to do.
David H Fears