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Friday, May 02, 2008

Happy Birthday Jerome K. Jerome

On May 2nd, 1859, Jerome Klapka Jerome was born in Walsall, Staffordshire, England. According to the wonderful Jerome K. Jerome Society Website, he confided to his friend these four ambitions:

  1. To edit a successful journal.
  2. To write a successful play.
  3. To write a successful book.
  4. To become a Member of Parliament.

Although never becoming a Member of Parliament, he achieved his other three goals, and became very well known for his novel, Three men in a boat, to say nothing of the dog. This book continues to be popular and to exert its influence--for example, upon Connie Willis' very entertaining To say nothing of the dog.

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