Title: A Bicycle in Good Repair
Author: Jerome K. Jerome
Jerome Klapka Jerome was an English writer and humourist. He was born on \(2\) May \(1859\) in England as the fourth child of Marguerite Jones and Jerome Clapp. His father renamed himself as Jerome Clapp Jerome before Jerome was born. When the writer was born, he was given the name Jerome Clapp Jerome. Later, his middle name was changed into Klapka.
Jerome K Jerome is famous for his comic travelogue "Three Men in a Boat" (\(1889\)). It was also known as "To Say Nothing of the Dog". It is claimed that the book became an instant success and has never been out of print. Due to the work's success, Jerome wrote a sequel titled "Three Men on the Bummel" (\(1900\)) eleven years after the first work was published.
Jerome has numerous works to his credits. He had written and published several collections of essays, novels, short stories, and plays. Some of his other works are the collections of essays known as "Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow" (\(1886\)) and "Second Thoughts of an Idle Fellow" (\(1898\)), an autobiographical novel titled "Paul Kelver" (\(1902\)), a play titled "The Passing of the Third Floor Back" (\(1908\)), and memoirs titled "My Life and Times" (\(1926\)). Jerome had also acted in plays under the stage name Harold Crichton.
Jerome, at the age of \(55\), had volunteered to serve his country during the World War I. However, he got rejected due to his age. Later, he volunteered as an ambulance driver for the French Army.
Besides writing, Jerome had worked as a railway clerk, schoolteacher, actor, journalist, and editor.
Following a paralytic stroke and a cerebral haemorrhage, Jerome died on \(4\) June \(1927\) in Northampton, England.
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