Want to Save Garden Writing in Newspapers? Hire Mark Twain As Editor


The funniest thing I've read in a long time: Mark Twain's story "How I Edited An Agricultural Paper."

Here's a tidbit from the Twain character's rant at the end, after being dismissed as editor:

You try to tell me anything about the newspaper business! Sir, I have been through it from Alpha to Omaha, and I tell you that the less a man knows the bigger the noise he makes and the higher the salary he commands…. I said I could make your paper of interest to all classes–and I have. I said I could run your circulation up to twenty thousand copies, and if I had had two more weeks I'd have done it. And I'd have given you the best class of readers that ever an agricultural paper had–not a farmer in it, nor a solitary individual who could tell a watermelon-tree from a peach-vine to save his life.


  1. Thank you Michele! We had a few good laughs over coffee this morning.
    Side note – my significant other returned yesterday from a work trip, had a layover in D.C. and saw a GardenRant advertisement at Regan airport. Cool that you’re spreading the word.

  2. Hmmm … watermelon trees … on the first day of July & staring down several days of triple digits … Does this strike anyone else as a divine idea ?

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