Jerome Klapka Jerome


Jerome Klapka Jerome
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Jerome Klapka Jerome (2 May 1859 – 14 June 1927) was an English writer and humorist, best known for the comic travelogue Three Men in a Boat (1889).

Other works include the essay collections Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow (1886) and Second Thoughts of an Idle Fellow; Three Men on the Bummel, a sequel to Three Men in a Boat; and several other novels.

Early Life
Jerome was born in Caldmore, Walsall, England. He was the fourth child of Jerome Clapp (who later renamed himself Jerome Clapp Jerome), an ironmonger and lay preacher who dabbled in architecture, and Marguerite Jones. Jerome had two sisters, Paulina and Blandina, and one brother, Milton, who died at an early... more »

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  • It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do. There is no fun in doing nothing when you have nothing to do. Wasting time is merely an occupation then, and a most exh...
    Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927), British author. "On Being Idle," Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow (1889).
  • ''The weather is like the government, always in the wrong.''
    Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927), British author. "On the Weather," Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow (1889).
  • ''It is in our faults and failings, not in our virtues, that we touch each other, and find sympathy.... It is in our follies that we are one.''
    Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927), British author. "On Vanity and Vanities," Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow (1889).
  • ''Angels may be very excellent sort of folk in their own way, but we, poor mortals in our present state, would probably find them precious slow company.''
    Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927), British author. "On Vanity and Vanities," Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow (1889).
  • ''I want a house that has got over all its troubles; I don't want to spend the rest of my life bringing up a young and inexperienced house.''
    Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927), British author. They and I, ch. 11 (1909).
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