October 18  

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"On October 18, 1902, Hugo von Hofmannsthal published a fictive letter in the Berlin daily, Der Tag, titled simply "Ein Brief" ("A Letter"). It was purportedly written in 1603 by Philip, Lord Chandos to Francis Bacon. In this letter Chandos says that he has stopped writing because he has "lost completely the ability to think or to speak of anything coherently"; he has given up on the possibility of language to describe the world. This letter reflects the growing distrust of and dissatisfaction with language that so characterizes the modern era, and Chandos's dissolving personality is not only individual but societal." --Sholem stein

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