A Pickle for the Knowing Ones or Plain Truths in a Homespun Dress
is an autobiographical book published in 1802. The author, Lord Timothy Dexter, was an eccentric
American businessman who got rich by making a series of horrible business decisions that, due to luck, turned out to be extremely profitable
The book has no punctuation and capitalization is seemingly random (the author responded to complaints about this by giving the second edition an extra page full of punctuation marks, with the suggestion that the readers "solt and peper it as they plese"
). As for the content, it's basically the author ranting about various things that irritate him and displaying his poor knowledge of how politics work
You can read it here
This book provides examples of:
- Artistic License - Linguistics: Reading this book is not recommended if you are a Grammar Nazi. You will most likely end up needing a gigantic can of Brain Bleach.
- Author Tract
- Corrupt Church: Despite clearly being religious, the author seems to have a very low opinion of the clergy.
- Cloudcuckoolander: The author, so very much.
- Either/Or Title
- Eldritch Abomination: The book itself is arguably an example.
- Love Freak: The author talks about peace and love often enough to qualify for this trope.
if I had not the gost in my hous, I would give Lite to my brothers & sisters, and have a pease all over the world, and beat the trouthe into my frinds. houe gud it is — houe onnest it would be — and houe mankind has bin in posed and houe thay have bin blinded by untrouths, gosts and mister Divels (Click here for translation)
- Mundane Made Awesome: The author's birth is presented this way.
I was born when grat powers Rouled — I was borne in 1747, Janeuarey 22; on this day, in the morning, A grat snow storme — the sines in the seventh house wives; mars Came fored — Joupeter stud by holding the Candel — I was to be one grat man; mars got the beth to be onnest man, to Doue good to my felow mortels. (Click here for translation)
- No Punctuation Period
- The Philosopher: The author certainly thinks of himself this way.
- Satan: Mentioned frequently.
- Spear Counterpart: Timothy Dexter can be considered the eighteenth century equivalent of Tara Gilesbie, complete with the possibility that he may have actually been a brilliant Troll.
- Starfish Language: The lack of punctuation combined with terrible spelling and grammar might make it appear to have been written in some sort of bizarre alien language.
- Word Salad Title