F. S. Flint was born into a large and impoverished London family. The second eldest of twelve children, he left school at the age of 13 with a very basic education and for six years was restricted to a variety of dead-end jobs such as barber's assistant. He was 19 when, seeking to better his prospects, he enrolled for night school classes aimed at working men. Here he discovered he possessed such an exceptional linguistic gift that he mastered French and Latin with consummate ease. His extraordinary talent for language acquisition and his unique ability as an autodidact enabled him to become thoroughly proficient in German, Italian, Dutch, Russian, Spanish, Danish and Japanese as well, achievements of great significance in his later …
Copp, Michael John. "F. S. Flint". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 11 February 2006; last revised 05 March 2007.
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