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A Pickle for the Knowing Ones or Plain Truths in a Homespun Dress

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"Pickle"--- as this digest is commonly known --- is a collection of correspondence and chronicles penned by Dexter and first self-published as an anthology in May of 1802. Dexter was a well-known eccentric of the time period.
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Sebastian Radu
Mar 31, 2016 Sebastian Radu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, humor
If you know nothing about the author, this book will only tell half the story - but it will make his personality very clear. Lord Timothy Dexter became a rich business man entirely by chance; for all his life the people around him mocked him and considered him unintelligent and a fool; the book does nothing but support these beliefs.

He accepted the worst business advice and through pure, ridiculous dumb luck managed to profit from these affairs. At 50 years old he considered the world was ready
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Robert Beveridge
Oct 07, 2010 Robert Beveridge rated it it was ok
Recommended to Robert by: Lance Carbuncle
Lord Timothy Dexter, A Pickle for the Knowing Ones (Minton Balch and Company, 1847)

I thought I had it all figured out. I was convinced that Lord Timothy Dexter was a myth, the product of the fevered imagination of his biographer, J. P. Marquand, a man far better known for spinning tales out of whole cloth (he was responsible for Mr. Moto, as well as a number of nautical adventure stories) than for writing biographies of eccentric New Englanders. But the Internet, including Wikipedia, has not a s
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Luke Johnson
Dec 25, 2015 Luke Johnson rated it it was amazing
Short, incomprehensible, and utterly bizarre. Highly recommended.
Craig
Feb 14, 2008 Craig rated it it was amazing
The book is an experimental wonder featuring some of the first concrete poetry in its second edition which was added as no puncuation was found in the first pressing.
I must agree with Oliver Wendell Holmes' who state in "Over the Teacups," that A PICKLE FOR THE KNOWING ONES is a "famous little book" and Claims Lord Timothy Dexter - "As an inventor of a new American style, he goes far beyond Mr. Whitman, who, to be sure, cares little for the dictionary, and makes his own rules of rhythm, so far
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Matthew
Oct 06, 2015 Matthew rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who has got so far as looking up reviews of this book should just go ahead and read it
Enjoyable in large part only due to its merciful brevity, this is an odd, eccentric, and curious account written by an odd, eccentric, and curious fellow. It is an utter, incontestable, waste of time and a rough diamond glinting through the dirt of its own stupidity. Go on, read it.

As a dyslexic reading this makes me sympathise with the suffering my school teachers must have endured in trying to decipher my early acts of attempted literacy.
AKA
Sep 08, 2015 AKA rated it really liked it
Dexter's text is best read aloud Finnegan's Wake-style.

I found the preface to be more interesting, full of insane and true anecdotes about Dexter.
Jc Blanco
Nov 06, 2014 Jc Blanco rated it it was amazing
A gem. It's rare to find literature as strong the masterpiece Lord Dexter has created.
Anamorphy
Feb 12, 2008 Anamorphy rated it it was amazing
A work of outstanding art a true piece of historic genius!
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