Alonzo Fitz and Other Stories

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Author: Mark Twain

About Magnanimous-Incident Literature

All my life, from boyhood up, I have had the habit of reading a certain set of anecdotes, written in the quaint vein of The World’s ingenious Fabulist, for the lesson they taught me and the pleasure they gave me. They lay always convenient to my hand, and whenever I thought meanly of my kind I turned to them, and they banished that sentiment; whenever I felt myself to be selfish, sordid, and ignoble I turned to them, and they told me what to do to win back my self-respect. Many times I wished that the charming anecdotes had not stopped with their happy climaxes, but had continued the pleasing history of the several benefactors and beneficiaries. This wish rose in my breast so persistently that at last I determined to satisfy it by seeking out the sequels of those anecdotes myself. So I set about it, and after great labor and tedious research accomplished my task. I will lay the result before you, giving you each anecdote in its turn, and following it with its sequel as I gathered it through my investigations.

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Chicago: Mark Twain, "About Magnanimous-Incident Literature," Alonzo Fitz and Other Stories, ed. Hawthorne, Julian, 1846-1934 and trans. Gordon, Thomas in Alonzo Fitz and Other Stories (New York: A. L. Burt Company, 1916), Original Sources, accessed February 6, 2023, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=94XXRYKJJR44U1R.

MLA: Twain, Mark. "About Magnanimous-Incident Literature." Alonzo Fitz and Other Stories, edited by Hawthorne, Julian, 1846-1934, and translated by Gordon, Thomas, in Alonzo Fitz and Other Stories, Vol. 22, New York, A. L. Burt Company, 1916, Original Sources. 6 Feb. 2023. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=94XXRYKJJR44U1R.

Harvard: Twain, M, 'About Magnanimous-Incident Literature' in Alonzo Fitz and Other Stories, ed. and trans. . cited in 1916, Alonzo Fitz and Other Stories, A. L. Burt Company, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 6 February 2023, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=94XXRYKJJR44U1R.