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Otto van Eck's diary gives us an impression of the selection his parents made from the children's literature of the day. In his early youth he grew up with De Perponcher's Lessons for children, but as he grew older, from the age of ten in any case, he read almost daily from a four-volume work that served as a sequel to De Perponcher: J.B. Basedow's Manuel élémentaire. Otto's books provide him with fictional friends his own age - all of whom possess an infectious enthusiasm for reading - and fictional parents who supervise their little readers along with their story-book children. Otto's reading regimen was extremely varied, composed as it was of a wide variety of titles from a well-stocked bookcase. Indeed, Otto's knowledge of subjects ranging from the structure of snowflakes to the wars waged by the Romans was gleaned from the work of various authors.

Keywords: ancient Romans; Otto van Eck; reading regimen



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