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Corpses, Coffins, and Crypts: A History of Burial
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Corpses, Coffins, and Crypts: A History of Burial

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by Penny Colman
 

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This comprehensive volume examines the compelling subjects of death and burial across cultures and societies. Corpses, Coffins, and Crypts includes photographs and descriptions of famous people, a collection of literary quotes, images of death and burial in the arts, interesting epitaphs, and gravestone carvings.

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This comprehensive volume examines the compelling subjects of death and burial across cultures and societies. Corpses, Coffins, and Crypts includes photographs and descriptions of famous people, a collection of literary quotes, images of death and burial in the arts, interesting epitaphs, and gravestone carvings.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Uma Krishnaswami
In death, as in life, it is the personal and particular that is most poignant. In this remarkable presentation of a fascinating subject, Colman uses her own experiences of death, and the ceremonies, rituals and emotions surrounding it, to lead the reader into an exploration of the place that disposal of human remains has occupied both historically and in our time. Colman does not shy away from grisly detail, but presents it to readers young and old, with sensitivity and a solid contextual grounding. A wealth of additional information is provided in a glossary, a chronology, a list of burial sites of famous people, sources, and a sampling of requests "when I die..." A thorough and compassionate look at some of the realities, and mysteries, of death.
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up--Death, the last stage of the human condition, has been underreported and mostly avoided in writing for young people. Colman takes on the task with just the right mix of unblinking realism and sensitivity to varieties of beliefs and practices. The eight chapters explain decomposition, cremation, and burials; describe rituals and ceremonies from many times and places; and show the impact of death and loss on those still living through epitaphs and artworks--some humorous, some poignant. Extensive research is evident throughout the book, from the wide and knowledgeable coverage of cultures and past times to the impressive bibliography. Black-and-white prints, art reproductions, and photographs fill the pages. The author avoids being morbid by using a conversational tone, often referring to her own experiences and relating anecdotes told to her by others. She also balances grim facts about embalming and mourning with accounts of curious and witty gravestones and eccentric burial requests, turning the otherwise dark material into entertaining reading. Lists of significant dates in funereal history (e.g., the beginnings of mound building, the first use of catacombs) and a guide to burial sites of famous people complete the coverage. This is a book that answers many questions and introduces fascinating facts. It should find many readers.--Shirley Wilton, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ
From the Publisher

“Understanding death doesn't necessarily take away our anxieties or fears about our own death, or our sadness about other people's deaths, but it does help us find ways to continue on with our lives.” —Penny Colman

“* A daring and satisfying approach to a difficult subject.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“* Death, the last stage of the human condition, has been underreported and mostly avoided in writing for young people. Colman takes on the task with just the right mix of unblinking realism and sensitivity to varieties of beliefs and practices.” —School Library Journal, starred review

“* This solid, sensitive book answers a wealth of questions young people have but often are too reluctant to ask.” —Booklist, starred review

“The author has a compassionate eye, and she manages to endow her topic with both humanity and humor.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781250062901
Publisher:
Square Fish
Publication date:
08/25/2015
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
1,316,337
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Penny Colman is the author of many award-winning books, among them, Toilets, Bathtubs, Sinks and Sewers: A History of the Bathroom, a New York Public Library Best Book for Teens, and Rosie the Riveter: Women Working on the Homefront in WWII, an American Library Association Notable Book, a School Library Journal Best Book for Young Adults, and the winner of the Orbis Pictus Honor Award.

A popular guest speaker, Penny Colman lives in Englewood, New Jersey.

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Corpses, Coffins and Crypts: A History of Burial 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
e22.com More than 1 year ago
This is a great book!!!! It has traditions from many cultures as for how they deal with death including burial. This book also includes what happens to the body after death and where it goes. Over all I thought this is a great book to learn about death and what each culture does with their deceased. It also includes folk lore and legend of each culture. I recommend it for young adults.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Come here if you are feeling sick or injured.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is soo creepy