“One of the most adventurous things left us is to go to bed. For no one can lay a hand on our dreams.” – E. V. Lucas
Humorist, essayist, playwright, biographer, publisher, poet, novelist, short story writer and editor, Lucas was born on this date in 1868 and made his name both editing the works of writer Charles Lamb and serving as major contributor to Britain’s humor magazine Punch.
Considered one of the greatest humorists of his day, fellow writer Frank Swinnerton said of Lucas that, “(He) had a great appetite for the curious, the human, and the ridiculous. If he were offered a story, an incident or an absurdity, his mind instantly shaped it with wit and form.”
Lucas had a long association with the publishing house Methuen and Co., which published his edition of Lamb’s works, and from 1924 until his death in 1936 he served as the company’s chairman. His achievements there and as a writer earned him honorary degrees from both St Andrews and Oxford.
“The art of life is to show your hand,” Lucas said. “There is no diplomacy like candor. You may lose by it now and then, but it will be a loss well gained if you do. Nothing is so boring as having to keep up a deception.”
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