Cf. p. 164 of A Tramp in Berlin (2013) where `The Berlin Postal
Service' 18 Jan 1892) is cited as a manuscript included in the microfilm
edition of Twain's manuscripts published by MTP. There are lengthy
quotes from the piece at pp. 97-100.
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------ Original Message ------
From: "Barbara Schmidt" <[log in to unmask]>
To: [log in to unmask]
Sent: 1/5/2022 6:46:06 PM
Subject: Re: Postal Service
>See page 100 of Austilat’s book — A TRAMP IN BERLIN. I don’t have a copy at
>hand but amazon has a preview with quotes about the Berlin Rohrpost system.
>Perhaps Austilat references the sources of the quotes from that essay in
>On Wednesday, January 5, 2022, Wolfgang Hochbruck <
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>> I would have surmised it was included in Andreas Austilat's 2013
>> edition _A Tramp in Berlin_, but not only is the essay itself not
>> there, i can't even find a mention of it in the volume.
>> On Wed, 5 Jan 2022 12:21:04 -0800
>> Scott Holmes <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> >I recently came across a reference to an essay by Mark Twain entitled
>> >"Postal Service". This was in a series of essays written by David
>> >Graeber included in a book entitled "The Utopia of Rules". He
>> >remarked "Mark Twain, who lived briefly in Berlin between 1891 and
>> >1892, was so taken with it that he composed one of his only known
>> >non-satirical essays, entitled “Postal Service,” just to celebrate its
>> >wondrous efficiency.". This was in reference to the German postal
>> >system. I have been unable to locate this essay by Twain.
>> >I'm casting about for interesting bits about Twain's dealing with
>> >bureaucracies. I know there are far too many of them to deal with
>> >this comprehensively but I do hope to catch the flavor.
>> Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Hochbruck
>> Dept. of English
>> Centre for Security and Society
>> Albert Ludwigs University Freiburg
>> Rempart St. 15
>> D-79098 Freiburg