The Story of a Wonder Man: Being the Autobiography of Ring Lardner

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Chapter 27
A Post-Mortem Message

BEFORF recounting the accident, it will be necessary to describe the locale of our Great Neck home and to name and picture a few of our then neighbors. As is perhaps known to a few of my less dumb readers, Great Neck is something of a literary and theatrical center.

Not far from us, on Cow Lane, lived Ed Streeter , author of the "Dere Mable" letters, for which I received many congratulations. In "the Estates" resided Sam Hellman , writer of short stories and inventor of the popular dessert, Rind Wine, consisting of watermelon soaked in champagne.

Up the hill was the home of Gene Buck boasting a living room of such dimensions that fifty or one hundred guests often visited the Bucks in a single evening, each thinking he was the only one that had come.

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