Thursday, 26 April 2018

The last man who knew everything

quote [ It hardly seems likely that the life of an obscure Anglican clergyman should recommend itself to the attention of a modern biographer; the shelves of second-hand bookshops are the sepulchers of many an Essex parson's dutifully compiled Life and Letters. But Sabine Baring-Gould happens to have been the last man who knew everything. ]

[SFW] [literature] [+5 Interesting]
[by arrowhen@6:06pmGMT]

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Space_1889 said @ 7:04pm GMT on 26th Apr
I've published one book and written and edited parts of three others, along with a number of articles, and I've thought of myself as reasonably productive. This guy really makes me feel like a piker.
5th Earth said[1] @ 11:32pm GMT on 26th Apr
He sounds a bit like Isaac Asimov, who supposedly over 500 books (depending on who you ask and how you count).

See also, A.J. Jacobs book The Know-It-All wherein the author reads the entire Encyclopedia Britannica.
captainstubing said @ 11:32am GMT on 27th Apr
130 books? Who was his agent?
cluban said @ 12:01pm GMT on 27th Apr
I believe he wrote an enjoyable book on WereWolves!

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