After the Funeral: The Posthumous Adventures of Famous Corpses

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It is commonly thought that after death and burial the remains of an individual are left to "rest in peace" --but history reveals that in many instances this has most definitely not been the case. Demonstrating this, After the Funeral follows the postmortem exploits of the bodies--or parts of bodies--of thirty-five famous and infamous people.

Graced with thirty-two illustrations, a bibliography, and an index, After the Funeral picks up where conventional biographies leave ...

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Overview

It is commonly thought that after death and burial the remains of an individual are left to "rest in peace" --but history reveals that in many instances this has most definitely not been the case. Demonstrating this, After the Funeral follows the postmortem exploits of the bodies--or parts of bodies--of thirty-five famous and infamous people.

Graced with thirty-two illustrations, a bibliography, and an index, After the Funeral picks up where conventional biographies leave off--and probes the bizarre, ghastly, surprising, and at times ridiculous circumstances that befall many of the well known after they were laid to rest.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780806515991
  • Publisher: Carol Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/28/1995
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.42 (w) x 8.21 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Pt. I Heads 1
1 A Word About Heads 3
2 Who Hid Haydn's Head? 7
3 Mozart's Head? Only His Gravedigger Knows For Sure 13
4 The Crazy Career of Cromwell's Cranium 19
5 Cardinal Richelieu: Losing Face 23
6 Emanuel Swedenborg: A Price on His Head 28
7 Francisco Goya: Unexpected Company 30
8 Phineas Gage Goes to Harvard 32
Pt. II Hearts 35
9 A Word About Hearts 37
10 How Shelley Gave His Heart to Mary 39
11 Lord Byron: The Unromantic Truth 47
12 Thomas Hardy: The Return of the Native 52
13 Richard the Lionhearted's Disorganized Demise 57
14 Robert the Bruce's Posthumous Pilgrimage 60
15 Frederic Chopin: Home At Last 62
16 How a British Subject Served Louis XIV 63
Pt. III Bodies 65
17 A Word About Bodies 67
18 Final Entrance: John Barrymore Bows Out 70
19 William the Conqueror's Funeral Fiasco 75
20 The Queen Is Dead 80
21 Will the Real Columbus Please Stand Up? 88
22 Where's Voltaire?: The Scattered Philosopher 97
23 Moliere's Not There 107
24 The Mislaid Bones of John Paul Jones 113
25 All Paine, No Gain: Tom Paine's Stolen Remains 122
26 Daniel Boone's Bones 132
27 Buffalo Bill's Burial: Pike's Peak or Bust 141
28 Here Lies Sitting Bull 148
29 Abraham Lincoln: Ill at Ease in Illinois 155
30 Livingstone's Last Journey 165
31 Eva Peron's Body Politic 172
32 Why Jim Thorpe Is Buried in Jim Thorpe 181
Pt. IV Miscellaneous 187
33 A Word About Body Parts and Ashes 189
34 The Tree That Ate Roger Williams 192
35 Finding Einstein's Brain 196
36 Joe Hill's Ashes: Addressee Unknown, Return to Sender 202
37 The Delayed Burial of Eleanor Marx 211
38 Losing D. H. Lawrence 214
39 Dorothy Parker: Excuse My Dust 221
Bibliography 224
Index 240
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