Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The War Prayer by Mark Twain





From Wikipedia:

This piece was left unpublished by Mark Twain at his death, largely due to pressure from his family, who feared that the story would be considered sacrilegious. Twain's publisher and other friends also discouraged him from publishing it. According to one account, his illustrator Dan Beard asked him if he would publish it regardless, and Twain replied "No, I have told the whole truth in that, and only dead men can tell the truth in this world. It can be published after I am dead." Mindful of public reaction, he considered that he had a family to support, and did not want to be seen as a lunatic or fanatic.

HT: Adam

6 comments:

Eruesso said...

Those eyes! I don't know if I'll be able to sleep tonight.

shallowfrozenwater said...

i loved this and linked to it.

http://shallowfrozenwater.blogspot.com/2010/07/war-prayer.html

Steve said...

Vae victis!!!!!!!!!!!!

Christopher V. Enger (aka fuegote) said...

Drove through his home town this week on my way to Nauvoo. I wish I could have stopped there.

Redlefty said...

Didn't watch the videos but have read the war prayer before. Genius, both in literary and spiritual terms.

Kay said...

Very powerful.

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