01/08/2014 02:02 pm ET Updated Jan 23, 2014

Now, It's Goodbye To The Wicked Stepmother

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Martin Amis is known for his acid pen and sarcastic tone, but yesterday I found myself in tears at something he’d written. The author was paying tribute to Elizabeth Jane Howard, his stepmother. With tireless dedication, he wrote, his father’s wife had tutored him for more than a year, transforming him from a “semi-literate truant and wastrel” into an Oxford scholar.

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