On the Decay of the Art of Lying

Narrated by: Brian Troxel
Length: 16 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (48 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Mark Twain composed this short essay on the "art of lying" in 1885 for a meeting of the Historical and Antiquarian Club of Hartford, Connecticut. In the essay, Twain laments the four ways in which men of America's Gilded Age employ man's "most faithful friend". The essay, Twain notes, was "offered for the thirty-dollar prize," but it "did not take the prize."

Public Domain (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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A Must Listen

Though a rather short story, it is well worth listening to. Loaded with infallible truths and lies. it is an excellent aid for those who want to improve upon the art of lying for the good.