Thursday, January 19, 2012

Day Nineteen: "Clerical Error" by James Gould Cozzens


Written in 1935, this story touches on the embarassment associated with pornography and it is cleverly written with a twist at the end so that the reader is drawn in and help captivated until the last word. A bookstore owner sends a collections note to a prominent man's estate after his death expecting to blackmail the family into paying for the "purchase" in order to avoid the unfixable image of impropriety.

What the bookstore owner doesn't realize is that on this particular occasion, his plan will backfire as the deceased man was a blind man. Love it!!

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