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Jerome Klapla Jerome was born in Walsall, Staffordshire, in 1859. His education began at Marylebone grammar School. He started working at the age of fourteen as a railway clerk. He later worked as a schoolmaster, an actor, and a journalist. In 1888, he published his first book, ‘On stage and off’. In the next year, he had success with ‘The idle thoughts of an idle fellow’ and ‘three man in a boat’, which is a very funny story about three friends on holiday.

Jerome stayed at Clitfon Hamdon, a village on the River Thames, while writing ‘Three men in a boat’.
In 1892, he was one of the founders of ‘the idler’, an illustrated monthly magazine. He also founded a weekly paper called ‘Today’. His other novels were ‘Three men on the Bummel’, and ‘Paul Kelver’. In 1908, he had great success with his play, ‘The passing of the third floor back’.
He wrote many plays and books, including a volume of this thought, ‘my life and times’ (1926).
He got married in 1888 and had one daughter. During the first World War, he was an ambulance driver in France. He died in 1927. He was buried in the Ewelme Churchyard, about one mile from Benson, on the River Thames.

Three men in the story are very interested in food. When they are on the boat they get tired of eating the same things. There is no way of preserving food on the boat.
During the Victorian age, there were no refrigerators. There was no frozen food. Chemicals weren’t put in food to preserve it.
To preserve meat and fish in the 1800’s, there were covered with salts and spices. Sometimes they were put in the sun to dry. Fruit was also often put in the sun to dry. Other food was kept in cold, dark, cellars to preserve it. In 1809, a Frenchman named Nicolas Appert put some food in sealed glass jars. He then heated the jars in boiling water. He discovered that this was an excellent way to preserve food. A year later, he used steel tins, instead of glass jars. With the use of steel tins, preserving food became a worldwide industry. Today, a lot of the food we eat is in tins. This discovery changed the eating habit of most the world.
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