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Street, G. S.: Some Notes of a Struggling Genius. v1. 19 Jun 2017

Some Notes of a Struggling Genius By G. S. Street (1867–1936)

This collection was first published in 1897. Text is in the public domain in countries where copyright is “Life+80”, and in the USA.

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George Slythe Street was a British critic, journalist and novelist. His works were characterized by “whimsy, detachment, sympathy, tenderness, satire, humor, and occasionally cynicism”. Street's satirical works assailed “snobbery, hypocrisy, vulgarity, and pretentiousness at all levels of society, especially among the aesthetes and the upper class”. He is perhaps best known for his 1894 novel, The Autobiography of a Boy, which satirized contemporary aesthetes Oscar Wilde and Lord Alfred Douglas. (—Wikipedia)
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Herewith, a double handful of dryly humorous essays, destined to elicit smiles and thoughtful nods of agreement.
A brief excerpt:
I do not wish to say anything paradoxical, but it really seems to me that the longer time you give to work, the shorter time you work. The more you shut yourself up, and shut out your friends, and generally make a slave of yourself, the less work you get done. It is like trying to economise money. I have tried that too; I tried it for a whole day. I shaved myself, and the chemist charged me half a crown for oil and plaster, and things to patch myself with. I cadged on some people for lunch, and the boy of the house reminded me that I owed him a sovereign. I went back on the top of an omnibus, and my hat blew off and was run over by a cab. I stayed at home all the afternoon to save boot leather, and four men came to see me, drank a bottle of whisky and three siphons of soda-water and smoked half a box of cigars. I walked home from the house where I dined, two miles in the rain, and spoiled another hat and a new pair of pumps. There were other disasters which I forget, but my total expenses on that day of economy came to nearly £10. My average income is about half a crown a week, and I therefore determined I could not afford economy.
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Short and funny, commenting on social and personal behavior --- just the thing when you want to read for a few minutes at a time.
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