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THE WARDEN, published in 1855, is the story of reform run amok. The Reverend Septimus Harding, a gentle church functionary, is made precentor of the local cathedral and warden of a charitable foundation maintaining 12 elderly church laborers. The old men are kept in very modest circumstances while the residual income goes to Harding. Even in those decorous times there was a thing called "conflict of interest."

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    9780812967043

    July 1, 2003

    Random House USA

    RRP $22.99

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