Oct 18, 2011


This famous British author's first ever book was called The Narrative of John Smith and was completed in 1884. It is about a man suffering from gout. This theme is in no way reflective of the kind of books the author was to become famous for a couple of years later.

In fact, the book was lost in the mail after being sent to a publisher. The author wrote it again, but never published it, even quipping: "My shock at its disappearance would be as nothing to my horror if it were suddenly to appear again - in print".

The British Council is now releasing this novel with the permission of the author's literary estate. Who is this author?

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