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Becker, Howard. Art Worlds. London: University of California Press, 1982.

  • It was my practice to be at my table every morning at 5:30 am; and it was also my practice to allow myself no mercy. An old groom, whose business it was to call me, and to whom I paid £5 a year extra for the duty, allowed himself no mercy. During all those years at Waltham Cross he was never once late with the coffee which it was his duty to bring me. I did not know that I ought to feel that I owe more to him than to any one else for the success that I have had. By beginning at that hour I could complete my literary world before I dressed for breakfast. (p. 1)

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