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Fun Facts Friday: Hilda Gerarda van Stockum
Latest Posts / February 9, 2018

Hilda Gerarda van Stockum (9 February, 1908 – 1 November, 2006) was a writer and artist from the Netherlands. Ms. van Stockum is known for her book The Winged Watchman. Books by Hilda Gerarda van Stockum* 1)      She was born in Rotterdam to a Dutch Royal Navy officer. 2)      Her grandfather, Charles Boissevain, was the editor of an influential Dutch newspaper. 3)      Her brother was famous mathematician Willem Jacob van Stockum, not only was he a pioneer of the then new theory of gravitation (general relativity), he also volunteered to be a pilot for the Allies in WWII where he unfortunately found his death during a bombing run. 4)      Her husband, Ervin Ross Marlin, was a friend of her brother. Together the couple had six children. 5)      As a child she lived in the Netherlands and Ireland. Later she lived in the US, Canada, and England for many years. 6)      A Day on Skates: The Story of a Dutch Picnic (1935), was Ms. van Stockum’s first book and won honors from the Newbery Medal committee. 7)      Her best known book, The Winged Watchman, describes true events of how windmills were used for signaling the Dutch Resistance during World War II. 8)      In 1983 she was elected to the Honorary Council of the Royal Hibernian…

Fun Facts Friday: Henry Fielding
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / April 22, 2016

Henry Fielding (22 April, 1707 – 8 October, 1754) was an dramatist and novelist from England. Mr. Fielding was knwn for this satires and humor. By Unknown – http://www.flickr.com/photos/23239528@N00/2193013977/, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7579904 1)      Together with his half-brother John, Mr. Fielding, then London’s magistrate, created the Bow Street Runners, London’s first police force. 2)      Mr. Fielding studied classical literature at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. 3)      His first play, Love in Several Masques, was shown in February 1728 in London, a month before he started his university studies. 4)      After he finished his studies, Mr. Fielding worked as a playwright and theater manager. 5)      His wife, Charlotte Cradock, whom he married in 1734, was the prototype of Sophia and Amelia, two of his heroines. 6)      Charlotte and Henry Fielding had five children together, only one daughter, Henrietta, survived to adulthood.. 7)      Mr. Fielding created his comic masterpiece, Tom Jones, in 1749 after the death of his eldest daughter (1742) and beloved wife (1744). 8)      Three years after Charlotte passed away, Mr. Fielding married her former maid, Mary Daniel who was pregnant at the time. 9)      Mary and Henry Fielding also had five children, three daughters (who died young) and…

Book Review: John Quincy Adams by Paul C. Nagel
4 Stars , Biographies & Memoirs , Non-Fiction / October 18, 2010

I borrowed this book from the local library. I set a goal to read, in order, all of the biographies of the presidents of the United States who have passed away. 466 pages ISBN-10 : 0674479408 Publisher : Harvard University Press Language : English My rating for John Quincy Adams: A Public Life, A Private Life – 4 About: “John Quincy Adams: A Public Life, A Private Life” by Paul C. Nagel is a biography of the sixth president of these United States. JQA, as he referred to himself to be distinguished from his prominent father, was a melancholy politician who would have rather been a man of letters, than the lawyer / diplomat / politician he turned out to be. The book is based mostly on JQA’s diary which spanned an amazing seven decades – arguably the “most valuable historical and personal journal kept by any prominent American”. Buy this great book here, even if you won’t read it – it looks great on the shelf*   Thoughts: As the author mentions in the preface, this book is more of a character study of a person thought to be an elitist and out of touch, than a historical biography….

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