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A Book of Ages by Eric Hanson - Excerpt

A Book of Ages by Eric Hanson - Excerpt

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The day we turn any age, we become contemporaries of everyone who has ever been that age, and it becomes our business to know that Bob Dylan wrote “Blowin’ in the Wind” when he was twenty, Orson Welles cowrote, directed, and starred in Citizen Kane when he was twenty-five, Winston Churchill was fired from the Admiralty when he was forty and took up painting, and Jane Austen died, unmarried and mostly unknown, when she was forty-one. Knowing who did what when provides the yardstick by which to measure our own progress; it’s comforting to learn that Grandma Moses didn’t show her first painting until she was seventy-eight, and discouraging (but not surprising) to discover that Einstein was already smarter than you at age sixteen.

A witty, ironic collection of moments from famous lives organized by year of age from infancy to death, A Book of Ages tells you who is doing what, who is on top of the world, who is waiting for his luck to change, who is saying unkind things about whom, who is planning his revenge, who is meeting for the first time, and who Elizabeth Taylor is currently divorcing.

WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN UP TO?

An Eccentric Miscellany of Achievements,Misdeeds, Crossed Paths, Bypaths, Inventions, Scandals, Child Prodigies, Late Masterpieces, Marriages and Breakups, Feuds, Dead Ends, Second Chances, Adventures and Misadventures, Novels Written and Battles Won and Lost, All Organized by Year of Age.
The day we turn any age, we become contemporaries of everyone who has ever been that age, and it becomes our business to know that Bob Dylan wrote “Blowin’ in the Wind” when he was twenty, Orson Welles cowrote, directed, and starred in Citizen Kane when he was twenty-five, Winston Churchill was fired from the Admiralty when he was forty and took up painting, and Jane Austen died, unmarried and mostly unknown, when she was forty-one. Knowing who did what when provides the yardstick by which to measure our own progress; it’s comforting to learn that Grandma Moses didn’t show her first painting until she was seventy-eight, and discouraging (but not surprising) to discover that Einstein was already smarter than you at age sixteen.

A witty, ironic collection of moments from famous lives organized by year of age from infancy to death, A Book of Ages tells you who is doing what, who is on top of the world, who is waiting for his luck to change, who is saying unkind things about whom, who is planning his revenge, who is meeting for the first time, and who Elizabeth Taylor is currently divorcing.

WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN UP TO?

An Eccentric Miscellany of Achievements,Misdeeds, Crossed Paths, Bypaths, Inventions, Scandals, Child Prodigies, Late Masterpieces, Marriages and Breakups, Feuds, Dead Ends, Second Chances, Adventures and Misadventures, Novels Written and Battles Won and Lost, All Organized by Year of Age.

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Publish date: Feb 2, 2010
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A Book
of  
A G E S
an eccentric miscellany
of  
great & offbeat momentsin the lives
of  
the famous&infamous,ages1to100
ERIC HANSON
 
Copyright © 2008 by Eric Hanson All rights reserved.Published in the United States by Three Rivers Press, an imprint of theCrown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc., New York. www.crownpublishing.comThree Rivers Press and the Tugboat design are registeredtrademarks of Random House, Inc.Originally published in hardcover in the United States by Harmony Books,a division of Random House, Inc., New York, in 2008.Permissions acknowledgments can be found on page 298.Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataHanson, Eric. A book of ages: an eccentric miscellany of great and offbeat momentsin the lives of the famous and infamous, ages 1 to 100 /Eric Hanson.1.Celebrities—Biography—Miscellanea.2.Celebrities—Biography—Anecdotes.I.Title.CT105.H256 2008920.02—dc222008012631ISBN 978-0-307-40902-7Printed in the United States of America
Design by Lauren Dong 
13579108642First Paperback Edition
ww.ThreeRiversPress.com 

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