What is generally considered to be the shortest correspondence in history?

Answer: Victor Marie Hugo (1802-1885) was probably the greatest of the French Romantic authors. The shortest correspondence in history is attributed to Hugo and his editor upon the release of Les Miserables in 1862. Hugo was on holidays when the book was published and was curious as to its success. He telegrammed his editor “?” and received the reply “!”.

Source: General Historical Texts

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