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He didn't find no humor in his brother's 1858 death while he was a-workin' on the river.
The first time he saw Shirley Held, he fell madly in love with her.
It is universally acknowledged that she almost died of typhus at eight years old.
Working at Blacking Warehouse was among his worst of times as a child.
God, he hated that phony girl Oona O'Neill when he was dating her.
He behaved badly at Magdalen College, not understanding the importance of earnestness.
He received an operation to correct an eye condition, but it didn't help him with the fatwa problem.
When drawing a portrait of this artist as a young man, we should remember he was afraid of dogs and thunderstorms.
He was born in Chicago. He liked to fish. And drink beer.
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Things fell apart for this author when he got a second-class university degree.
He called the cigarettes that he smoked, 'a classy way to commit suicide.' So it goes.
Although his date of birth is still unknown/In April we do note his great renown
She learned to Use--Dashes and Slant Rhyme--at Mount Holyoke--Family--Seminary
He had two sisters, so he never had the experience of having a big brother.
He was born in Union County, not Yoknapatawpha.
This chelloveck had a horrorshow time with his droogs at St. Edmund's Elementary School.
Just like all happy families, his wife Sophia proof-read his novels.
Like one of his characters, he had epilepsy; unlike that character, he was the second-oldest, not fourth-oldest brother.

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