The 'Literary' Legacy of Lord Timothy Dexter Jan. 22 is "Lord" Timothy Dexter's birthday. The self-proclaimed royal was an early American eccentric. His 1802 memoir A Pickle for the Knowing Ones, or Plain Truths in a Homespun Dress is entirely misspelled and contains no punctuation. Literary historian Paul Collins discusses Lord Timothy's lasting appeal.

The 'Literary' Legacy of Lord Timothy Dexter

The 'Literary' Legacy of Lord Timothy Dexter

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Jan. 22 is "Lord" Timothy Dexter's birthday. The self-proclaimed royal was an early American eccentric. His 1802 memoir A Pickle for the Knowing Ones, or Plain Truths in a Homespun Dress is entirely misspelled and contains no punctuation. Literary historian Paul Collins discusses Lord Timothy's lasting appeal.

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