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"The Painter" by Peter Heller
After having shot a man in a Santa Fe bar, the famous artist Jim Stegner served his time and has since struggled to manage the dark impulses that sometimes overtake him.
About the Editor: James Sutherland, formerly Lord Northcliffe Professor Modern Literature at London University, is the editor of The Oxford Book of English Talk and the author of numerous books about literature.
The great philosopher David Hume on his deathbed said to his doctor, " As I believe you would not choose to tell anything but the truth , you had better tell him that I am dying as fast as my enemies, if I have any, could wish and as easily and cheerfully asmy best friends could desire.' Sir Robert Walpole upon his retirement came to the Library and found himself unable to read. He said,"I have led a life of business so long, that i have lost my taste for reading, and now' what shall I do?" When Gibbon presented the second volume of his 'The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire' to the Duke of Gloucestor brother of King George III the prince ungraciously responded with "Another damned thick, square book! Always, scribble, scribble, scribble, Eh!Mr. Gibbon" These are just three of hundreds of literary anecdotes collected in this volume about a very large list of British literary figures ranging from Shakespeare to Lord Stubbs, from the great to the very minor. A great deal of Literary history is contained in this volume with the passages often coming from the important writings of the subjects of the anecdotes themselves.
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