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Squire Haggard's journal
Green, Michael, 1927-
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New edition.
Publication Information:
London : Prion, 2000.
Physical Description:
xii, 143 pages ; 19 cm.
General Note:
Previous ed.: London: Hutchinson, 1975.
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PR6057.R346 S68 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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A bawdy parody of a late 18th-century gentleman's diary. Amos Haggard is a gargantuan, warty toad of a character. Along with Roderick, his idiot sidekick son, he carouses with prostitutes, imbibes copious amounts of wine, evicts the poor and fires his pistols at poachers, dissenters and foreigners.

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As any reader of Tom Jones knows, the 18th century was the golden age of squires, practically all known for staggering from one drunken spasm of bad behavior to the next. Green, an English journalist, parodied the type back in 1948 with his Squire Haggard, and met with a surprisingly enthusiastic response; he has updated his parody for this reissue. Haggard's typical entries begin with some notation of the invariably miserable weather (typically "Fog," "Sleet," or "Gales") followed by itemization of recent deaths, either by exotic disease, like "Bloating of the Bowels," or by some witless human act, such as drinking a pail of ale in one continuous swallow. Haggard then plunges into his own affairs in his inimitable style, abbreviating freely and capriciously. Sometimes the squire has his slow days: "Lay on my bed nearly all day, shootg. at tradesmen who approached the Hall with bills and succeeded in damaging a particularly obnoxious grocer." Generally, though, Haggard forestalls spleen by engaging in the time-honored pursuits of whoring, drunkenness, gluttony and avoiding his creditors. For amusement, there are always Dissenters, Frenchmen, cripples and people in the stocks to trip up, spit at or insult. Although loaded with debt, Haggard finds relief in the form of his son Roderick's engagement to the well-endowed and wealthy Fanny Foulacre. Alas, Roderick succumbs to the Amorous Passion before his wedding day and is caught by his father-in-law to be, Sir Josh. Foulacre, a keen shot and avid duelist. Father and son flee, first to Bath, then to London, then to the Continent. Anglophiles will find this irresistible, but Green's Englishness might puzzle American tastes. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved