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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Siegel, Lee, 1945-
Love and the incredibly old man.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2008
|Named Person:||Juan Ponce de León; Juan Ponce de León; Juan Ponce de León|
|Material Type:||Fiction, Internet resource|
|Document Type:||Book, Internet Resource|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
|Description:||227 p. ; 24 cm.|
|Contents:||Wherein Ponce de León, after his childhood, boyhood, and youth in Spain, is dispatched by Queen Ysabel to the Indies in search of a Fountain of Youth --
Wherein Ponce de León settles in the New World, becomes governor of Higuey and of Borinquen, invents cigars and rum, and discovers popcorn and Florida --
Wherein Ponce de León happens upon the Garden of Eden, discovers within it the Fountain of Life, and devises a plot by which to keep it secret --
Wherein Ponce de León becomes a Zhotee-eloq Indian, lives as one of them in Paradise, and attempts to save them from extermination --
Wherein Ponce de León becomes a priest of the Catholic Church, visits his tomb in Puerto Rico, and establishes Florida's Mission of San Hortano --
Wherein Ponce de León becomes a wealthy merchant, purchases the land of the Mission of San Hortano for the cultivation of tobacco, becomes his own son, and then his grandson --
Wherein Ponce de León becomes a Jew and dedicates Florida's first synagogue for Congregation Beth Mekor-Hayim --
Wherein Ponce de León opens Florida's first theater and returns to the stage to play, among others, Christ, Columbus, Hamlet, an Old Man, and himself --
Wherein Ponce de León becomes an American citizen, opens a yellow fever sanatorium and, subsequently, an infirmary for Confederate soldiers wounded in the Civil War --
Wherein Ponce de León becomes himself at celebrations of Florida Discovery Day, and at the openings of the Hotel Ponce de Leon, the Ponce de Leon Lighthouse, and the Grace Methodist Fountain of Youth Residence for the Aged --
Wherein Ponce de León opens and maintains the Garden of Eden, the Fountain of Youth, and the Ponce de Leon Museum of Florida History --
Coda : 2005-2006 : Wherein the author ends the story of Juan Ponce de León.
"Siegel ardently caresses words, relishes their sound and appearance on the page.... Love in a Dead Language deserves space on the short, high shelf of literary wonders." - New York Times Book Review