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The Romance of an Old Fool

The Romance of an Old Fool by Roswell Field
By: (1851-1919)

A light-hearted account of a successful middle aged widower who chances to visit the small town in which he grew up to renew old acquaintances and perhaps reflect on his successes since his departure.
This visit, however, becomes far more to him than he would have imagined, as he finds that one of his dearest childhood girlfriends had died not long after his departure, and the widower envisions a relationship with none other than her daughter, who he senses to be her mother incarnate.

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The ROMANCE OF AN OLD FOOL

THE ROMANCE

OF

AN OLD FOOL

BY

ROSWELL FIELD

EVANSTON WILLIAM S. LORD 1902

Copyright, 1902, by ROSWELL FIELD

UNIVERSITY PRESS · JOHN WILSON AND SON · CAMBRIDGE, U.S.A.

To MY GODCHILDREN

With the somewhat unnecessary assurance that it is not an autobiography, this little tale of misconceived attachment is affectionately inscribed

THE ROMANCE of AN OLD FOOL

If it had not been for Bunsey, the novelist, I might have attained the heights. As a critic Bunsey has never commanded my highest admiration, and yet I have had my tender moments for him. From a really exacting standpoint he was not much of a novelist, and to his failure to win the wealth which is supposed to accompany fame I may have owed much of the debt of his sustained presence and his fondness for my tobacco... Continue reading book >>


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