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2002-Jul-13: His First Literary Critic

Today's London Guardian published an insightful story from Sir Paul's school days in Liverpool.  With tongue in cheek, Eric Griffiths (who teaches English literature at the University of Cambridge) writes about an early critic of Sir Paul's writing:
"I share with the former Beatle not only lyric gift and fabulous wealth but also an English master, AJ "Cissy" Smith. Paul had just released "Yesterday" when Mr. Smith began to teach my class clause-analysis and how to avoid dangling participles. We gazed at him, agog and aghast, because it was a legend in the school (rescued years later from dereliction by Sir Paul and now the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts ) that he had washed Paul's mouth out with soap and water for persistent solecisms or excess fruitiness of vocabulary. Cissy has long gone to his reward, I struggle on with my round shoulders and inculcated dislike of the "split infinitive", and Sir Paul still has the big grin."

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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