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Van Loon's lives.

Author: Hendrik Willem Van Loon
Publisher: New York, Simon & Schuster, ©1944.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats

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Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hendrik Willem Van Loon
OCLC Number: 11131010
Description: 886 pages
Contents: Foreword written for my grandchildren --
1. Desiderius Erasmus, our first guest ; arrives punctually on time and gives us a most delightful evening --
2. We arrange a room for Erasmus in the Veere town hall and entertain our next two guests, William the Silent and General George Washington --
3. Sir Thomas More is the guest of his old friend Desiderius Erasmus --
4. This time Erasmus had a surprise for us, and we make the acquaintance of Bach and the Breughels --
5. We entertain three great masters of the spoken and written word and are honored by the presence of Cervantes, Shakespeare and Moliere --
6. The archbishop of Bithynia and the archbishop of Cyrenaica carry us back to another world which we would just as soon forget --
7. We invite two guests of a very different sort, and Descartes and Emerson come to make us forget our visitors of the week before --
8. In order not to be too one-sided, we plan to invite two members of the feminine sex, and the Empress Theodora of Byzantium and Queen Elizabeth of England make their appearance --
9. Robespierre and Torquemada provide us with a nightmare we will never forget --
10. The Buddha sends his regrets. 11. Saint Francis, H.C. Anderson, and Mozart come, but they do not come alone --
12. We entertain Beethoven, Napoleon, and my own great-great grandfather and listen to a long monologue --
13. The greatest inventor of all time puts us to considerable inconvenience --
14. Plato and Confucius may seem to make strange dinner companions, but they got along very nicely and seemed to enjoy themselves and each other --
15. Peter the Great and Charles XII of Sweden are invited, and Voltaire comes anyway, but is, of course, a most welcome guest --
16. Dante and Leonardo da Vinci come to dine, the latter of whom 'drops in' in the literal sense of the word --
17. How we entertained Monsieur Montaigne and Doctor Rabelais and how their visit almost led to a public riot in our peacefu village of Veere --
18. And now a rather strange combination, Emily Dickinson and Frederic Chopin, but Emily has the time of her life and Chopin shows us what can be done with a minni-piano --
19. The Saint Nikolaus party, given in honor of the lost children of history and attended by that noble old fellow, Benjamin Franklin --
20. Fridtjof Nansen, Jacob van Heemskerk, Willem Barents, and surgeon de Veer are our visitors on a very cold night in December --
21. I get a cable to return to America, so Thomas Jefferson is the last of our guests as well as the most honored of all.
Other Titles: Lives


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