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Thursday, October 14, 2004


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You might find the short history of The Bodley Head at interesting.

Frank Swettenham was a man of many talents. He took many photographs of old Malaya, was a prolific writer and maybe even an able administrator, but wan't at all a sweet man. The former Lake Sidney in the former Lake Gardens was named after his wife, but soon as they came back, he tried to dump her, and their divorce, Swettenham v. Swettenham, was read by many generations of law students.Later he got rid of her by getting her sectioned, i.e. he got two men in white coats to declare her insane. You're lucky to have been given such a valuable book; but I'm not sure if it's the same Sir Frank who translated it.

Yes,it is the same person.Last Sunday,NST has a story on Sir Frank Swettenham with the title The Dark side of FAS.

What a coincidence;-)

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