Gascoigne was a pioneer in English Renaissance literature. A resourceful innovator, he was among the first English writers to use such literary forms as the prose comedy, verse tragedy, verse satire, novel, and critical essay. Gascoigne's The Supposes (1566) is the oldest existing English prose comedy, and his Jocasta (1566) is the second oldest English tragedy in blank verse.
Gascoigne also wrote The Adventures of Master F. J. (1573), which has been called the first English novel. His satiric poem The Steele Glas (1576) was the first original English poem, other than a verse drama, to be written in blank verse. Gascoigne also wrote fine lyric poetry.
Gallegos' works include some of the finest novels in modern Spanish-American literature. His novels usually take place in the llanos, the vast tropical plains of Venezuela, and they depict a never-ending battle between civilization and barbarism. The most famous of his books are Doña Bárbara (1929) and Cantaclaro (1934).
In his early life, Gallegos was a teacher. His first novel was El último Solar (1920), later revised and published as Reinaldo Solar (1930). Because he was opposed to the government of the Venezuelan dictator Juan Vicente Gomez, Gallegos went to Spain in voluntary exile in 1931 and stayed there until Gomez' death in 1935. For a time after his return to Venezuela he was minister of education. In 1947 he was elected president, but a military coup the next year removed him from office. During his years of political activity, Gallegos continued to write novels and to direct adaptations of his works for motion pictures.
In the United States most galvanized products, such as telegraph wire, garbage cans, and roofing and siding for buildings, are galvanized by the hot dipping method. In this process, iron or steel sheets are dipped into molten zinc. The zinc combines with the iron or steel to produce a protective layer of zinc-iron alloy overlaid by a layer of zinc. The entire coating is usually from 0.0002 inch to 0.004 inch thick.
Electrogalvanizing, a less costly process, produces a thinner, less durable zinc coating. Here the iron or steel is placed in a solution of zinc or zinc salts. A strong electric current is passed through the solution to deposit a layer of 99.99 percent pure zinc on the surface of the steel or iron.
Sherardizing is a process used to galvanize small items, such as nails or bolts. These are placed in a rotating drum containing fine zinc dust. The drum is heated to a temperature from 350 °C to 370 °C. (660 °F to 700 °F.), well below the melting point of zinc. As in hot dipping, a layer of zinc-iron alloy forms on the surface of the iron or steel.
Large objects are often zinc-coated by being sprayed with molten zinc. This does not result in true galvanizing, since an alloy is not formed with the zinc.
Galvanizing is named for Luigi Galvani, an 18th- century Italian physician who performed early experiments in electricity.
What is a depressant?
A depressant is a drug that reduces the activity of various body functions. Some depressants such as anesthetics, sedatives, antiepileptics, narcotics analgesics, and some muscle relaxants, slow nervous and muscular activity by acting on the central nervous system. Tranquilizers are depressants that affect only part of the nervous system. They induce relaxation without causing total depression.