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

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