Sunday, April 19, 2015

Useful phrase

From the great Victorian explorer and translator Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton: "Lying like a publisher."


Darrell said...

I've long wondered what Burton's legacy would be if his wife hadn't burned his papers after his death.

Jim Casada said...

I must shamefacedly confess that I had somehow missed this tidbit from Burton, but it is both insightful and typical of the great Victorian polymath.
Jim Casada

Steve Bodio said...

I wish I had more detailed provenance, Jim. It was in one of my old commonplace books that I occasionally mine for quotes.A possibility is the Lovell bio, which came out that year.