Hans Christian Andersen was born on this date in 1805 and Giacomo Casanova in 1725. Andersen, the beloved and peculiar author of fairy tales, appears in A Book of Ages at ages 14, 17, 33, 39 and 70. Casanova (swordsman, rake and memoirist) appears at ages 11, 16, 30, 49, 56 and finally at age 60, when he retires to become a librarian. (True, actually. He was also a bibliophile.)
The inventor of the telegraph, Samuel F. B. Morse, died on this day in 1872. Morse was a remarkable artist, a professor and a rather deplorable politician before he got around to inventing instant communication. He appears at ages 20, 41, 46, 50, 53 and 80 in A Book of Ages.
A Book of Ages is a perfect birthday gift for any memoirist, bibliophile, swordsman or budding inventor.