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It Was Algernon

In response to:

The Age of Biology from the December 31, 1964 issue

To the Editors:

In “The Age of Biology,” 31 December issue, Stephen Toulmin says:

Yet the truth (in Lady Bracknell’s immortal phrase) “is never pure and rarely simple!”

It wasn’t Lady Bracknell. It was Algernon. And what he said was: “The truth is rarely pure and never simple” (Importance of Being Earnest, Act I).

Ignatius G. Mattingly

Baltimore

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