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Jepson Field Book volume 66 page 12 | University and Jepson Herbaria Archives, University of California, Berkeley

Jepson Field Book volume 66 page 12
once more. _March 9, 1931. One of the most thrilling episodes with books, in my young days, had to do with an author that in that day thrilled juveniles as well as grown-ups with his tales of amazing journeys about the earth. One day Wilson Bailey loaned me a copy of Jules Verne_s Round the World in Eighty Days, and made me thereby indebted to him for life. At once there was opened up to me a world of which I had not dreamed _ a realm of vivacity, courage, spirit, adventure and daring. At once I devoured the book and re-read it a half dozen times before returning it to its owner_ _See p. 72. It was a cheap paper-covered translation in quarto with a highly colored  ::::::::: Picture on the back, but none of the solid books in calf skin from the college library could have pleased me one ten thousandth so well. Adventure, the open road, wonderful things ever before one _ I was ready for the same author_s Ten thousand leagues under the Sea, which fully and irrevocably established Jules Verne in my boyhood favor. There were other highly popular books going around at that time _ romances for grown-ups. I read them but counted them poor poor stuff. They were emotional novels and the _agony_ in them left a bad taste in my mouth. The very names of them I have forgotten, except perhaps one or two. One was East Lynne by Mrs. Henry Wood, counted a supreme creation in its hey-day.
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