December 8, 2008

He out-Prousted Proust

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Christopher Ogden Nicholson (1899-1931) was not the most prolific author in the world, nor was he regarded as anywhere near the best. But Nicholson did have one enduring credit — some consider him the most long-winded.

At the time of his death from tubercular pneumonia at age 31, Nicholson was reportedly midway (3,781 hand-written pages) into a semi-autobiographical novel he had entitled ‘Memory Dissuaded’.

The book — which he had threateningly entitled ‘Volume 1’ — contained such detailed passages a 271-page description of feeding a single chunk of bread to a Mallard duck on a lake by the house of the narrator’s parents.

The book remains, needless to say, unpublished.