Charles Nicholl: Samuel Foote
23 May 2013
Show More Mr Foote’s Other Leg: Comedy, Tragedy and Murder in Georgian London by Ian Kelly.
Picador, 462 pp., £18.99, October 2012, 978 0 330 51783 6Show More
“... mind, then puts them into his own mouth.’ Sir Luke’s cavalier claim to be ‘much the better’ for the loss of his leg – ‘Consider, I can have neither sprain nor gout, have no fear of corns or that another man should kick my shins … To be sure, I am a little awkward at running but then, to make amends, I’ll hop with any man in town’ – is at once absurd and defiantly courageous ...”