By Henry Dudeney
"An tremendous inventive e-book which abounds in difficulties that might retain the reader busy for hours ."-- Manchester mum or dad considered one of England's maximum inventors of mathematical puzzles, Henry Dudeney (1847-1930) had a expertise for locating strategies to difficulties that appeared unsolvable. This booklet contains one hundred ten of his puzzles, now not as person difficulties yet as incidents in attached tales. the 1st 31 are amusingly posed by way of pilgrims in Chaucer's Canterbury stories. extra puzzles are offered utilizing varied characters in different venues. Many require in basic terms the facility to workout logical or visible abilities; others, just like the Ribbon challenge or The Riddle of St. Edmonsbury, supply a stimulating problem to the mathematically complex. strategies integrated.
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Mr Maugham gives them a humorous shove or two. We find they are nothing but puppets, instruments of the author’s pet prejudice. The 11 INTRODUCTION author’s pet prejudice being ‘humour’, it would be hard to find a bunch of more ill-humoured stories, in which the humour has gone more rancid. Such dismissive comments on a book which was to achieve the status of a classic in its genre suggest that Lawrence was taking the opportunity here of giving expression to the personal animosity he felt for Maugham, as revealed in his letters.
The conversation is remarkably well done. 22 2. Unsigned review, Academy LII, II September 1897, 65–6 Garnett’s forecast proved accurate. Maugham had succeeded, perhaps more than he intended, in shocking the anonymous Victorian reviewers who first noticed his work. The following Academy review is typical of others. The successes of one season may be known by the imitations of the next, and Mr Arthur Morrison may afford to smile at the sincere flatteries of Liza of Lambeth. The mimicry, indeed, is deliberate and unashamed.
The collection of short sketches On a Chinese Screen (1922) was hailed by Louise Maunsell Field in the New York Times as ‘a fascinating volume’ (No. 49), and Gerald Gould in the London Saturday Review expressed for it ‘an almost unqualified admiration’ (No. 50). Equally warm was the reception given to Maugham’s other Oriental travel-book, The Gentleman in the Parlour (1930). His novel The Painted Veil (1925), set in Hong Kong and China—the publication of which was bedevilled by threats of libel actions—was described in a long review in the New York Times as ‘an expert performance’ (No.
Canterbury Puzzles by Henry Dudeney