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Arthur Seymour John Tessimond (1902-62) was born in Birkenhead, and ran away from school at 16. After taking a degree at Liverpool University, he tried his hand at teaching before moving to London, working there in bookshops for two years before becoming an advertising copywriter. At the beginning of the Second World War, he went on the run to avoid conscription. When he finally submitted himself to an army medical, he was declared unfit for service. Tessimond has been described as an eccentric, a night-lifer, loner and flâneur. He loved women, was always falling in love, but never married, spending half of a sizeable inheritance on his nightclub hostesses, striptease girls and models, and the rest on “four or five successive psychoanalysts”.
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