Biography for Beginners

Biography for Beginners

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Overview

The Art of Biography
Is different from Geography.
Geography is about Maps,
But Biography is about Chaps.
With these rhyming lines, English novelist and humorist Edmund Clerihew Bentley introduces this book and an unusual form of verse of his own invention. Bentley's four-line poems, known as "clerihews," offer satirical views of historical figures, from Edward the Confessor and Odo of Bayeux to Sir Walter Raleigh, Jane Austen, Karl Marx, Theodore Roosevelt, and many others. The witty verses are accompanied by the book's outstanding feature: whimsical full-page illustrations by G. K. Chesterton.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780486780566
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication date: 04/16/2014
Series: Dover Books on Literature & Drama
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author


English novelist and humorist Edmund Clerihew Bentley (1875–1956) invented clerihews, four-line biographical poems that cast an absurdist light on famous figures. He is the author of the Dover detective novel Trent's Last Case, which is widely regarded as the first modern mystery.
Widely known as the "Prince of Paradox," G. K. Chesterton (1874–1936) ranks among the most influential English writers and thinkers of the 20th century. Chesterton's prodigious talents embraced a wide range of subjects, from philosophy and religion to detective fiction, fantasy, and whimsical illustration.

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BIOGRAPHY for BEGINNERS


By Edmund Clerihew Bentley, G. K. CHESTERTON

DOVER PUBLICATIONS, INC

Copyright © 2014 Dover Publications. Inc.
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-486-79168-5



CHAPTER 1

SIR CHRISTOPHER WREN

Sir Christopher Wren Said, "I am going to dine with some men. "If anybody calls "Say I am designing St. Paul's."


MIGUEL DE CERVANTES

The people of Spain think Cervantes Equal to half-a-dozen Dantes: An opinion resented most bitterly By the people of Italy.


GEORGE BERNARD SHAW

Mr. Bernard Shaw Was just setting out for the war, When he heard it was a dangerous trade And demonstrably underpaid.


SIR HUMPHREY DAVY

Sir Humphrey Davy Abominated gravy. He lived in the odium Of having discovered Sodium.


J. S. MILL

John Stuart Mill, By a mighty effort of will, Overcame his natural bonhomie And wrote "Principles of Political Economy.'


FRANCOIS LISZT

The Abbe Liszt Hit the piano with his fist. That was the way He used to play.


LORD CLIVE

What I like about Clive Is that he is no longer alive. There is a great deal to be said For being dead.


KING EDWARD THE CONFESSOR

Edward the Confessor Slept under the dresser. When that began to pall, He slept in the hall.


(Continues...)

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Table of Contents

Preface to the New Edition 1

Introductory Remarks 4

Sir Christopher Wren 6

Miguel de Cervantes 8

George Bernard Shaw 10

Sir Humphrey Davy 12

J. S. Mill 14

François Liszt 16

Lord Clive 18

King Edward the Confessor 20

The Rev. John Clifford, M.A., LL.B., D.D 22

Messrs. Chapman & Hal 24

Karl Marx 26

Otto the Great 28

Marconi 30

David Hume 32

Mr. H. Belloc 34

Job 36

Pizarro 38

The Duke of Fife, K.T., P.C, G.C.V.O 40

The Duke of Wellington 42

John Bunyan 44

George Hirst 46

Erasmus and the Humanists 48

Besant and Rice 50

Tiziano Vecelli 52

Professor James Dewar, F.R.S 54

Sir Walter Raleigh 56

Jane Austen 58

Odo of Bayeux 60

David Ricardo 62

Sir Thomas à Mallory 64

Mr. Alfred Beit 66

Cimabue 68

President Roosevelt 70

Robert Harley, Earl of Oxford 72

Sir Alexander Fuller Acland-Hood, M.R 74

Mahomet 76

Edvard Grieg 78

Jan Van Eyck 80

Mr. T. Werner Laurie 82

Index of Psychology 85

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