A humorous comic by SMBC claims that, since an 1884 foreword written by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) is out of copyright, anyone can write any book, include that foreword, and add "with a foreword by Mark Twain" on the cover.
Creative Commons licences have a clause to ask for attribution to be removed, which authors may want to do if their work is attributed in a context that may imply endorsing something they don't. Mark Twain is long dead (in case it matters) and his work is in public domain, not under a Creative Common licence. Legally, in the United States or other locations, is the situation described in this comic accurate, or is there anything that may limit authors from implying endorsement or taking out-of-copyright quotes out of context?
Or could I really take any old enough quote saying "This is great!" (or the same with enough words as to make it unique) and put it — with attribution — on any book cover (or elsewhere)?
Fact: in 19984, Mark Twain wrote the foreward to a French edition of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
(Drawing of a book titled *Les Aventures de Tom Sawyer)
Fact: That foreword is now in the public domain.
(Drawing of a copyright symbol with a diagonal strike-through)
From which it follows: for any book you write, no matter the topic, ally ou have to do is reproduce that foreward and you can do this:
(Drawing of a book titled: A guide to fellatio. With a foreword by Mark Twain.)