Miscellany: Novel

In Chicago, 24-year-old Lawrence Yehling stole $75 from a former employer, gave himself up to the police. If they sent him to jail, said he, he could write a prison novel better than Dostoevski's The House of the Dead. After two weeks in the bridewell, Novelist Yehling changed his literary plans: "I think I'll join the Army and try to write a better book than Tolstoi's War and Peace."


In Anderson, S. C., a pensive stranger stood gazing into the depths of a trout hatchery. When fish became scarcer, mystified officials first scratched their heads, then broke in on the stranger's waterside...

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