Twain's story about the Postal service in berlin was originally published in our book
Dr. Eva C. Schweitzer
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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
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