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Essays Street, G. S.: On MONEY and Other Essays. v1. 01 Mar 2019
#1  GrannyGrump 03-01-2019, 03:30 AM
On Money and Other Essays
By G. S. Street (1867–1936)

Reflections on a wide assortment of topics, presenting the author’s opinions with wit and clever humor.

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An excerpt from “An Old Grievance”:
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I do not complain that I have known hardly a spring or a summer free from the uproar of builders in the ordinary working hours. It has prevented my achieving any really solid result, but what of that? […] The grievance I urge affects thousands and thousands of people; […] I refer, of course, to the [early] hour at which building begins. […]
If we were really a civilised community, knowing how to give and take, the remedy would long ago have been taken voluntarily. Since we are not, a short Act should be passed empowering a two-thirds majority of householders, flat-occupiers and lodgers in any given district to prevent the uproar before eight. But there’s the old obstacle of our individualism run mad, run into anarchy. Annoy your neighbour as you please, so long as you do not assault his person. Some time ago a young man, driven mad by this torture, went out with his revolver and winged a workman. I hope I shall not be driven to that….

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George Slythe Street (18 July 1867 – 31 October 1936) was a British critic, journalist and novelist. He was associated with William Ernest Henley and the “counter-Decadents” on the staff of the National Observer. In 1914 he was appointed to the office of the Lord Chamberlain as Examiner of Plays.

Street is perhaps best known for his 1894 novel, The Autobiography of a Boy, which satirized contemporary aesthetes Oscar Wilde and Lord Alfred Douglas, and the Decadent movement of the late nineteenth century. [—Wikipedia]

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