"'Larbaud lived there, she said. He liked it very much except for that.'"

French novelist Valery Larbaud (1881-1957) was fluent in six languages and, amongst other works, is well known for his involvement in the translation of Joyce's Ulysses. He developed aphasia after suffering a stroke in 1935. (For more on Larbaud see 'Bookmark' for page 40).