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
“... 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. For roughly three decades in the mid-18th century Foote ...”