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Uncle Silas. Uncle Silas was created by H.E. Bates and appeared in eleven stories and two short story collections from 1933 to 1961, beginning with “The Lily” (The Listener, Feb. 22, 1933).
Uncle Silas is a Tall Tale Teller. In Bates’ own words,
Certainly there was no strain of the Puritan in my Uncle Silas, who got gloriously and regularly drunk, loved food and the ladies and good company, was not afraid to wear a huge and flamboyant buttonhole, told lies, got the better of his fellow-men whenever the chance offered itself, used a scythe like an angel, was a wonderful gardener, took the local lord's pheasants, and yet succeeded in remaining an honest, genuine and lovable character.
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