By Owen Wister
To Messrs. Harper & Bothers and Henry Mills Alden whose friendliness and fair dealing I am glad of this chance to record
It's very plain that if a thing's the fashion Too much the fashion if the people leap To do it, or to be it, in a passion Of haste and crowding, like a herd of sheep,
Why then that thing becomes through imitation Vulgar, excessive, obvious, and cheap.
No gentleman desires to be pursuing
What every Tom and Dick and Harry's doing.
Stranger, do you write books? I ask the question, Because I'm told that everybody writes That what with scribbling, eating, and digestion, And proper slumber, all our days and nights
Are wholly filled. It seems an odd suggestion But if you do write, stop it, leave the masses, Read me, and join the small selected classes.
The Jimmyjohn Boss
One day at Nampa, which is in Idaho, a ruddy old massive jovial man stood by the Silver City stage, patting his beard with his left hand, and with his right the shoulder of a boy who stood beside him... Continue reading book >>
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