RECORD: 'A great reader'. 1866. Cut or Uncut. Athenæum. Journal of Literature, Science, and the Fine Arts (15 December): 803.

REVISION HISTORY: Transcribed by John van Wyhe 10.2005. RN2

NOTE: Darwin responded to this letter in Darwin, C. R. 1867. [Letter on uncut books]. Athenæum. Journal of Literature, Science, and the Fine Arts (5 January): 18-19. Text

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Cut or Uncut.— I have no less than seven paper-knives in use in my house; but, in common, I daresay, with many of your readers, it very often happens that I am unable to lay my hands upon one when wanted. I know that to many it is a luxury to have the first read of a book, and with paper-knife in hand cut away as they read; but I think the balance of convenience is on the other side; and I wish to take the opinion of the literary world as to whether a period of civilization has not arrived when the readers of books and periodicals might reasonably ask that they should be delivered from the publishers ready cut.


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