On the Decay of the Art of Lying
by Twain, Mark - - Clemens, Samuel
a short story included in - The stolen white elephant, etc. - pub. J.R. Osgood and Co., Boston - copyright 1882       isbn 9780958784528 (none on original) - - the whole volume has 306 p.
This was probably one of Twains speeches. It begins slowly with Twain explaining that as a liar he is not as skilled as the great liars. He then proceeds to explain that lies are helpful and that the truth is often hurtful and not productive to smooth human relations.
I read this as a PDF file in a Kindle.
~ 2011-03-08 ~

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