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Oliver Herford
Oliver Herford (1863 - 1935) was a British born American writer, artist and illustrator who has been called "The American Oscar Wilde". As a frequent contributor to The Mentor, Life, and Ladies' Home Journal, he sometimes signed his artwork as "O Herford". In 1906 he wrote and illustrated the "Little Book of Bores". He also wrote short poems like "The Chimpanzee" and "The Hen", as well as writing and illustrating "The Rubaiyat of a Persian Kitten" (1904), "Cynic's Calendar" (1917) and "Excuse It Please" (1930). His sister Beatrice Herford was also a humorist. A woman's mind is cleaner than a man's: she changes it more often. If you want to sacrifice the admiration of many men for the criticism of one; go ahead, get married. Many are called but few get up. Only the young die good. Tact: to lie about others as you would have them lie about you. What is my loftiest ambition? I've always wanted to throw an egg into an electric fan.

the hippopotamus
"Oh, say, what is this fearful, wild,
Incorrigible cuss?"
"This *creature* (don't say 'cus... [read poem]
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