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Walter Conrad, a rich boy at boarding school, is summoned home when his father becomes ill.
This work explains the origins of the familiar and the unfamiliar in everyday speech and literature, including the colloquial and the proverbial. It embraces archaeology, history, religion, the arts, science, mythology and characters from fiction.
In this groundbreaking book, Peters introduces readers to the phenomenon he calls IslandDNA*--a series of stories, profiles, and insights that makes the case for an island civilization and it's formidable impact in making America great.
Encompasses real, fictitious, and mythical names from history, romance, the arts, science, and fable, and phrases, superstitions, and customs ancient and contemporary.