Bah, humbug!

No one is quite sure where the word “humbug” came from, but its first known print usage was in 1751 in the Oxford and Cambridge Monthly Miscellany. This publication called humbug “a word very much in vogue with the people of taste and fashion.” From the same decade (1754), The Universal Jester: Or, a Pocket Companion for the Wits used … Read More

About the Playwright: John Jakes

John Jakes has been publishing stories since he was a college student in the 1950s. He began writing professionally during his freshman year at Northwestern University where he was studying acting, but gave up the stage after he sold his first story for $25. He got his start in the pulp magazine world and then became an active player in the … Read More