The Cosmopolitan
  • The Cosmopolitan


    Mark Twain, et al.


    New York: The Cosmopolitan Publishing Company, August 1898. Octavo. Staple-bound with brown printed paper wrap, which is chipped and soiled, especially at the bottom of the front cover. 475 pages plus advertisements. Solid and venerable, but only good.


    A Monthly Illustrated Magazine. Volume 25, Number 4. Featuring the first printing of Twain's "At the Appetite Cure," a story about a man who has lost his appetite, and in a sense, his taste for life. The solution, as prescribed at an exclusive wellness resort? One can only reawaken desire by means of revulsion. Does that sort of thing actually work? Did it work for the afflicted protagonist of Twain's short story, at the very least? You'll have to find out for yourself. A somewhat brittle late-nineteenth century relic, though still a resourceful way to crack the otherwise costly world of Twain firsts. 


    "'But I can't eat these horrors.'

    'Why not?'

    He said it with a naivete that was admirable, whether it was real or assumed."


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