Long before people studied Paul McCartney's lyrics, he studied English Literature, as shown by a book of essays he wrote for a class in 1960.

The book, which includes the 17-year-old's thoughts on such literary works as Paradise Lost andThe Return of the Native, is expected to fetch between $8,000 and $10,000 when it hits the auction block on Tuesday at a company called Omega in Liverpool.

Judging by the grading and notes, the future legend was a decent enough student, though teacher Alan “Dusty” Durband did challenge some of his ideas, at one point telling him: “I’d answer the question first before challenging its truth.”

Other items on sale include a pair of John Lennon's gold-rimmed glasses, without the lenses. (NME)

  • Less than 24 months later, Paul would be onstage at the Cavern Club -- that's a pretty meteoric rise.

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