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Following the surprising commercial and critical reaction to his first book, In His Own Write , John Lennon was given the opportunity to produce a sequel. A Spaniard in the Works was published on June 24, The exception is Our Dad , a longer and more serious poem that describes a family kicking the patriarch out of the house.

At the time, Lennon was beginning to put his introspective nature into his work. Now I may be very positive -- yes, yes -- but I also go through deep depressions where I would like to jump out the window, you know. It becomes easier to deal with as I get older; I don't know whether you learn control or, when you grow up, you calm down a little. Anyway, I was fat and depressed and I was crying out for help.

In any case, I had a lot of the stories in the book bottled up in my system and it did me good to get rid of them -- 'better out than in. The plain unvarnished fact is that I like writing, and I'd go on writing even if there wasn't any publisher daft enough to publish them.

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John Lennon’s A Spaniard In The Works is published

When these books were first published in Write and Spaniard , anything that had the word Beatles attached — from plastic guitars to tin trays — was selling as fast as it could be manufactured. These religious references went unnoticed at the time. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. Want to discuss real-world problems, be involved in the most engaging discussions and hear from the journalists?


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W hat, I wonder, was the initial reaction of the countless thousands of young Beatlemaniacs when they read the literary fruits of their idol's mind? This is a long way from "I Want to Hold Your Hand": in "Nicely Nicely Clive", a bride wonders whether she should have flowers round the spokes of her wheelchair. Or there's Eric Hearble, who loses his job teaching "spastics" to dance because of "an abnorman fat growth a bombly on his head" "We're not having a cripple teaching our lads" ; or this Sherlock Holmes pastiche: "'Jack the Nipple' said Womlbs puffing deeply on his wife, 'is not only a vicious murderer but a sex meany of the lowest orgy. I grew up with these books, as they had been lying around the house from the time of their publications, and Luckily their warped, occasionally sick humour, and what would now be racism and sexism beyond the pale, did not scar me for life, but there were occasions when I wondered whether they would.

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