Pound Wise

Pound Wise

Pound Wise

Pound Wise

Excerpt

I had decided to call this book Pound Wise before the growing popularity of adding 'wise' to almost any noun in the English language had given it a horrid smartness. Nevertheless, it seemed better to me to retain the name, for it is not used in that sense.

Pound Wise, then, is representative of my work in prose-- or at least of part of it, for novels and short stories are not included. The majority of the contents made their first appearance in print in the pages of weekly papers and magazines, some of which are now extinct. The main part was published in book form, in Penny Foolish and Sing High! Sing Low! 'A Letter to My Son', however, occupied an entire issue of Horizon and was afterwards printed by itself as a pamphlet. Many of these pieces are concerned with foreign travel--as, for example, in China--which has since then apparently changed out of all recognition--and in Guatemala. One thing though they have in common: they were nearly all written before the dissolution of the British Empire.

OSBERT SITWELL

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