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Endymion

(Encyclopedia) Endymion ndm´n, in Greek mythology, young shepherd, loved by Selene (the moon). In one version of his legend, he asked Zeus for immortality and perpetual youth. Zeus consented on…

Delvaux, Paul

(Encyclopedia) Delvaux, Paul, 1897–1994, Belgian painter. Delvaux, influenced by Magritte and Chirico, created meticulous surreal compositions based on Renaissance ideas of perspective and peopled…

narcolepsy

(Encyclopedia) narcolepsy, a sleep disorder characterized by excessive daytime sleepiness and recurring unwanted episodes of sleep (sleep attacks). People with narcolepsy may abruptly fall asleep at…

Poems by Emily Dickinson: Asleep

by EmilyDickinsonXVIThe SpiritAsleep Asleep As far from pity as complaint, As cool to speech as stone, As numb to revelation As if my trade were bone. As far from time as history,…

Sillanpää, Frans Eemil

(Encyclopedia) Sillanpää, Frans Eemil fräns ´ml sl´länp, 1888–1964, Finnish novelist. As a young man Sillanpää studied natural science at Helsinki and came under the influence of an artistic…

Mosby, John Singleton

(Encyclopedia) Mosby, John Singleton môz´b, 1833–1916, Confederate partisan leader in the American Civil War, b. Edgemont, Va. He was practicing law in Bristol, Va., when the Civil War broke out.…

hibernation

(Encyclopedia) hibernation hbrn´shn [Lat.,= wintering], practice, among certain animals, of spending part of the cold season in a more or less dormant state, apparently as protection from cold…

Vermeer, Jan

(Encyclopedia) Vermeer, Jan or Johannes vrmr´, Dutch yän vrmr´, yhän´s, 1632–75, Dutch genre and landscape painter. He was born in Delft, where he spent his entire life. He was also known as…