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George Burgess was a writer of indifferent ability whose primary claim to fame was as the putative biographer of Archimedes and Pythagoras Vavasor. However, he died before the project was complete and the current whereabouts of the unfinished manuscript are uncertain. Burgess's demise was unusual in that he was stabbed through the neck with a mathematician's compass. He first became known as the caption writer for Farm Girls Illustrated, possibly the only top shelf magazine that also offered in-depth advice on what to do with a bent crankshaft on a Massey 35. From there, he progressed to feature writing, following which he was given the job of providing a more contemporary translation of The Harmonious Bower of the Nawab of Ouenq, a legendary and deeply problematic work of early Victorian pornography. (more...)