Edmund Clerihew Bentley

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Edmund Clerihew Bentley (July 10, 1875March 30, 1956), was a popular English novelist and humorist of the early 20th century, and the inventor of the clerihew, an irregular form of humorous verse on biographical topics.


Trent's Last Case (1902)

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  • Between what matters and what seems to matter, how should the world we know judge wisely? When the scheming, indomitable brain of Sigsbee Manderson was scattered by a shot from an unknown hand, that world lost nothing worth a single tear; it gained something memorable in a harsh reminder of the vanity of such wealth as this dead man had piled up—without making one loyal friend to mourn him, without doing an act that could help his memory to the least honor. But when the news of his end came, it seemed to those living in the great vortices of business as if the earth, too, shuddered under a blow.
    • Chapter I, Bad news

Clerihews: Biography for Beginners, 1905

  • The art of Biography
    Is different from Geography.
    Geography is about maps,
    But Biography is about chaps.
  • Sir Christopher Wren
    Said, "I am going to dine with some men.
    If anyone calls
    Say I am designing St. Paul's."
  • John Stuart Mill,
    By a mighty effort of will,
    Overcame his natural bonhomie
    And wrote "Principles of Political Economy."
  • What I like about Clive
    Is that he is no longer alive.
    There is a great deal to be said
    For being dead.
  • Sir Humphrey Davy
    Abominated gravy.
    He lived in the odium
    Of having discovered sodium.
  • It was a weakness of w:Voltaire's
    To forget to say his prayers,
    And one which to his shame
    He never overcame.

Clerihews: More Biography, 1929

  • George the Third
    Ought never to have occurred.
    One can only wonder
    At so grotesque a blunder.
  • Chapman & Hall
    Swore not at all.
    Mr Chapman's yea was yea,
    And Mr Hall's nay was nay.

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