Helping the Legal Writer: Twain as Critic

Earlier this week, I came across an article in the New York Times about Mark Twain and his penchant for literary criticism. Alison Cowan writes about a little library in Redding, Connecticut that houses hundreds of his personal books. The books are filled with his personal notes about the authors and their writing styles. She writes that Twain was "[i]rrepressible when he spotted something he did not like, but also impatient with good books that he thought could be better, he was often savage in his commentary." The article comes with interactive media that shows photographs of the books and Twain's own notes. Quite a treat for the brief writer looking to improve his writing style. Check it out here.