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What the Butler Winked At: Being the Life and Adventures of Eric Horne, Butler
 
 
Author
Eric Horne.
Publisher Westholme Publishing  
Format paperback
ISBN 9781594161377
Pages/Publication Date 288/2011
Daedalus Item Code 29758
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Coming from a humble Southampton family, Eric Horne excelled in school and wished to go to sea, but lacking his parents' support, he instead took a position as a footboy for a local household. Horne went on to serve as a butler in some of the great English country manors from the 1860s until just after World War I, and came very near to serving the king of England. Horne's fascinating and essential memoir offers a unique voice; not only did he have intimate contact with his employers and the household staff, he also possessed literary talent, so that his account provides authentic detail as well as shrewd and often witty views of the aristocracy, the servants, and their activities. Horne is not sentimental, however; he does not judge that he used his life wisely, having never learned a true trade. He reveals the plight of the servant class, where once a butler lost his employment (as happened often following the devastation of the war), he was likely to end up in a poorhouse, as employers did not usually provide pensions, and servants were rarely able to save enough money to retire.

"A first-rate book. The world is treated to one more of those human documents, written without guile or pretension. Eric Horne is a keen student of human life."NYWorld

 
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