Father Tumpline was a hagiographer and the author of Floradora: Lines Writ in Lava, a text that gives his account of the life of Saint Floradora (Saint Fidgeta and Other Parodies, 77).


A tumpline is a strap passed around the forehead used to carry objects tied to its ends[1].

"It’s the sort of odd word John collected, many of which make amusing names.[2]"


  1. Wikipedia: Tumpline
  2. Correspondence with Charles Bowen.

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