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A Biography

by William Hayter

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Reverend Dr. William Archibald Spooner (1844-1930) attended New College, Oxford, as an undergraduate in 1862, and remained there for over 60 years in various capacities, ultimately as warden. Many verbal slips credited to Spooner himself are apocryphal, but there are some verified genuine Spoonerisms. But Spooner was rather unhappy to be so famous. One evening, a group of carousing students gathered beneath his window and loudly called for him to address them. "You don't want a speech," he answered testily. "You only want me to say one of those things." Hayter's book is the life story of this rather eccentric and curious but kindly Englishman.

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