Photograph of British writer and journalist Simon Winchester.

Simon Winchester

Simon Winchester is the author of some thirty books, including The Professor and the Madman, Krakatoa, The Man Who Loved China, Atlantic, The Men Who United the States, Pacific, The Perfectionists, and, most recently, Land. He is a member of the Lapham’s Quarterly editorial board.

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My First Mistake

By Simon Winchester

The victim of the first big mistake I ever made was a gentleman to whom I had never been properly introduced (and whose name I still do not know) but who was possessed of three singular qualities: he was alone in a room with me, he was without his trousers, and he was very, very dead. More

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