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ID
b75
Title
Death of Uncle Silas
Genre
Story
Page Count
12
Word Count
2350
Publisher
Argosy
John O'London's Weekly
Story
Publication Year
1933
Document Types
Comic Fiction
First-Person Narratives
Uncle Silas Stories
Topics
Death, Age

In the third of three initial Uncle Silas tales (see The Lily and The Wedding), Silas is rebellious and feisty to the end, filling his medicine bottles with elderberry and cowslip wine, shooting a blue jay in his garden, and tricking his housekeeper by slipping out at night. Disbelieving that Silas could really be dying, his great-nephew bids a poignant and fond farewell to a man who "was so old that it had always been hard for me to realize that he had ever been born." In John O'London's Weekly (December 2, 1933), Story (May 1934), Story in America, 1933-1934: Thirty-Four Selections from the American Issues of 'Story'" (1934), The Woman Who Had Imagination and Other Stories (1934), My Uncle Silas (1939, with an initial "The" in the story title). Reprinted in Argosy (July, 1936).