On the Decay of the Art of Lying
In this wonderfully witty essay, Twain complains about the prostitution of the noble art of lying, which he declares to be “the fourth Grace, the tenth Muse, man’s best and surest friend.” Twain delivers a sharp critique of American society, revealing the multiple falsehoods that occur under the guise of truthfulness and going so far as to suggest that the ‘brutal truth’ should be completely eradicated. A linguistic delight and as relevant today as it was over a hundred years ago.
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