Espy lived up to his name, in time. A varied career and wives led to a first book in 1971, some about words, such as a "bobtailed, generally chronological" one on proper nouns, and much punning light verse. "I love the girls who don't. / I love the girls who do; / But best, the girls who say, `I don't . . . / But maybe just for you'." Seek out his memoirs, Oysterville.Reuse content
SHAKESPEARE IN love was one thing, William Espy quite another. The American wordsmith has died at 88, seven decades after marrying Ann Hathaway: he thought the name would inspire his poetry. Alas, she was soon back in an earlier boyfriend's arms. Espy must certainly have known Leigh Hunt's call for magnaminity: "we all, like Moses, should espy, / Ev'n in a bush, the radiant Deity".