Dorothy Parker from Constant Reader, 1927-1933:
Anyway, there is this to be said of Professor Phelp's Happiness. It is second only to a rubber duck as the ideal bathtub companion. It may be held in the hand without causing muscular fatigue or nerve strains, it may be neatly balanced back of the faucets, and it may be read through before the water has cooled. And if it slips down the drain pipe, all right, it slip down the drain pipe.
When I was a teacher—all of last week ago—I used this paragraph as an example of how you can effectively violate the "laws" of grammar. Back in the day I would stress how one must internalize such laws before one breaks them, and students always reacted favorably to Parker's masterful comma splices. They convinced themselves that they too could be the ones who were the ones who did it well. Some of them even were.