A Wonderful Life: 50 Eulogies to Lift the Spirit

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The farewells gathered in this collection celebrate the lives of some of the most famous figures of the twentieth century, writen in most instances by their equally famous peers. Informed by wit, humor, and affection, these minibiographies include rare insight and provide a real understanding of what made these people so exceptional.
Cyrus Copeland, in his second compilation of eulogies, has collected fifty inspiring tributes that honor icons ...
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The farewells gathered in this collection celebrate the lives of some of the most famous figures of the twentieth century, writen in most instances by their equally famous peers. Informed by wit, humor, and affection, these minibiographies include rare insight and provide a real understanding of what made these people so exceptional.
Cyrus Copeland, in his second compilation of eulogies, has collected fifty inspiring tributes that honor icons from the realms of entertainment and the arts, government and politics, science and the media.
Here we have famed film director George Cukor revealing Joan Crawford's greatest love affair—with the camera; sex research guru Alfred Kinsey memorialized by his longtime secretary; Bill Clinton on how Rosa Parks changed our world; Charles Kurault on the awe he felt in working with Edward R. Murrow; chef Jacques Pépin calling Julia Child an "antisnob"; Dan Aykroyd celebrating his friendship with John Belushi; the uniqueness of Leonard Bernstein as described by friend and fellow composer Ned Rorem; a poem written by Robert Hunter to honor Jerry Garcia; Bob Costas's homage to his greatest hero, Mickey Mantle. In addition, there are eulogies for several 9/11 heroes, and tributes to parents by three distinguished writers.
As Copeland notes in his introduction, a good eulogy can be "a bridge between the living and the dead, between us and them, memory and eternity....A great eulogy assures us that our loved ones will endure in our collective memories." And so, in these pages, fifty memorable people come alive again and, thanks to these eulogies, will continue to live in our memory.
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Boston Globe
"You might not think of eulogies as the same thing as love stories, but here....they most certainly are. This is an extraordinary collection of 64 goodbyes to the famous from the (mostly) famous."
The Boston Globe
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"How do you make good, in words, on the life of another human being? The real challenge of the task is evident on every page....A fascinating collection of memorial remarks about 64 well-known figures."
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  • ISBN-13: 9781565125117
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
  • Publication date: 5/12/2006
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.88 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Cyrus Copeland, a former copywriter and advertising executive, is the editor of a previous collection of eulogies, Farewell, Godspeed: The Greatest Eulogies of Our Time. He travels extensively around the United States, speaking to state funeral director associations about the art of remembrance. He lives in New York City—and in the digital domain at cyrus2000@earthlink.net.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2006

    Wonderful Indeed

    This is a collection of goodbyes to people who made their lives count ¿¿ from Rosa Parks to Bette Davis to an achingly poignant chapter on 9/11 heroes. Reading this, I expected to be saddened but instead found myself strangely exhilarated. Be sure to check out the chapter on Parents ¿¿ it includes Pat Conroy's eulogy for his father, aka Great Santini, my favorite of the bunch. Ultimately this book will not just inspire, but make you question how you want to live your own life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2006

    Live life to its fullest

    This is the second volume of eulogies compiled by Copeland and I was inspired equally by both books. I experienced the eulogies as mini-biographies, as wonderful tributes, as lessons in life. As might be expected, some of the eulogies are more powerful than others. I especially enjoyed the eulogies of MLK, Ghandi, Leonard Bernstein, Ed Murrow and Mychal Judge. Reading the eulogies as a whole helped me to reflect on the ways people live their lives, define relationships, decide what is important and engage themselves. At the end, I walked away more inspired to live life to its fullest and celebrate my time in this world!

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