Epitaphs to Remember: Remarkable Inscriptions from New England Gravestones

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In earlier times, people felt the need to leave a permanent record of who they were and what they stood for. Nowadays people tend to keep quiet about those things, at least in their final resting place. But many have found a new fascination in wandering about an old graveyard. They are often touched and moved by what they read there. Those people of former generations have much to say to us, although with great economy of words because each letter had to be chiseled in stone ...
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Overview

In earlier times, people felt the need to leave a permanent record of who they were and what they stood for. Nowadays people tend to keep quiet about those things, at least in their final resting place. But many have found a new fascination in wandering about an old graveyard. They are often touched and moved by what they read there. Those people of former generations have much to say to us, although with great economy of words because each letter had to be chiseled in stone with hand tools.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A collection of bizarre and startling epitaphs from more than 200 cemeteries. (Dec.)
Bloomsbury Review
This collection includes the famous and obscure; the author, who has a fine taste for irony and the macabre, has strung them together with a historical commentary that sheds light on why people used to spill their guts, so to speak, in the cemetery. A fun and informative volume
Small Press Magazine
This is the paperback reissue of a book... originally titled Over Their Dead Bodies. Before going out-of-print, it had sold over 40,000 copies. It is easy to see why this collection of gravestone epitaphs, covering the years from the mid-seventeenth century to the early twentieth is a precis of New England history during this period
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780911469103
  • Publisher: Alan C. Hood & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/1992
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 120
  • Product dimensions: 5.64 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments                                               v
Foreword ix
Preface xii
I. Through 1775: Pioneer and Colonial Life
     Introduction xvi
     Epitaphs 1 to 41 2
II. 1776 to 1815: War, Reason and Revivalism
     Introduction 22
     Epitaphs 42 to 106 24
III. 1816 to 1870: The Age of Ferment
      Introduction 50
      Epitaphs 107 to 169 52
IV. 1871 to the Present: The Big New World
       Introduction 78
       Epitaphs 170 to 215 80
Index 101
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