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He had two sisters, so he never had the experience of having a big brother.
Things fell apart for this author when he got a second-class university degree.
Working at Blacking Warehouse was among his worst of times as a child.
Just like all happy families, his wife Sophia proof-read his novels.
He called the cigarettes that he smoked, 'a classy way to commit suicide.' So it goes.
The first time he saw Shirley Held, he fell madly in love with her.
This chelloveck had a horrorshow time with his droogs at St. Edmund's Elementary School.
She learned to Use--Dashes and Slant Rhyme--at Mount Holyoke--Family--Seminary
He was born in Union County, not Yoknapatawpha.
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.
He was born in Chicago. He liked to fish. And drink beer.
God, he hated that phony girl Oona O'Neill when he was dating her.
He received an operation to correct an eye condition, but it didn't help him with the fatwa problem.
Although his date of birth is still unknown/In April we do note his great renown
It is universally acknowledged that she almost died of typhus at eight years old.
When drawing a portrait of this artist as a young man, we should remember he was afraid of dogs and thunderstorms.
He behaved badly at Magdalen College, not understanding the importance of earnestness.

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