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Date: Thu, 6 Jan 2022 01:25:15 +0000
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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]>
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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
>his bibliography.
>On Wednesday, January 5, 2022, Wolfgang Hochbruck <
>[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>  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.
>>  best
>>  w
>>  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
>>  Germany