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Jerome K. Jerome

Jerome Klapka Jerome (May 2, 1859 - June 14, 1927), English author.

Born in Walsall, Staffordshire. Brought up in poverty in London.

His most famous novel is Three Men in a Boat (1899), an account of Jerome and two friends (and Montmorency the dog) on a trip up the River Thames. The book was intended initially to be serious, with accounts of local history of places along the route, the humorous elements eventually took over. There was a not so successful sequel, about a cycling tour in Europe, entitled Three Men on the Bummel. Other works include Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow, a book of essays.

Jerome in one of his books was responsible for the phrase, quoted many times since then, "Work fascinates me - I can stand and watch it for hours."

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