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“Oh, there’s Boccaccio”

      “Oh, there’s Boccaccio,” I muttered, “and puttering
[ 66 “have rose in]
                                    about generally — at which I’m an expert.”

OCR confusion, text and running header, at
Henry James Forman, The Man who Lived in a Shoe (1922) : 309 (Harvard copy)
same ((NYPL copy at hathitrust)

short of reading it entire, can find little about this novel, save for this contemporary notice —

      A whimsical tale in which the rather colorless life of Randolph Byrd, the bookworm bachelor, is completely upset by the coming of his dead sister’s three children and their “mother’s helper” from an orphan asylum, the fourteen year old Alicia. Uncle Ranny’s engagement to the independent selfish Gertrude is indefinitely postponed. He is forced from the companionship of books to a world of business and interests other than his own, and a new existence crammed with the things that count in life is opened up for him. He even moves to the country for the benefit of his three charges who thrive under Alicia’s gentle care. In the closing chapters we leave Alicia and Uncle Ranny starting to bring up their own son. Ranny is the very “original of the old woman who lived in a shoe,” Gertrude rather bitterly remarks. [at p 331]

Book Review Digest 18 “Annual number” (February 1923) : 188

Henry James Forman (1879-1966), wikipedia
authored Our Movie-Made Children (1933), a “popular summary” of studies commissioned by the Payne Fund, of the impact of movies on youth. See overview at wikipedia
scan at archive.org

31 July 2022