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The Solomons reveal here their love and respect for the "final resting places" of this world. In these pages, the sorrow for a lost child, the anger over the murder of a brother, the strengths of an admired civic leader, the life of a ...
The Solomons reveal here their love and respect for the "final resting places" of this world. In these pages, the sorrow for a lost child, the anger over the murder of a brother, the strengths of an admired civic leader, the life of a beloved preacher, and the character of a stalwart soldier are recorded, as well as the grief for a mother, a father, a son, a daughter, a wife, a husband. Many of these epitaphs console and give promise of a "better home over yonder." Others remind one of the shortness of life and the surety of death. As in life, there is wit-the humor of a wife who reminds her spouse, "I told you I was sick!"-and profundity-the laconic remark, "She hath done what she could." The book also discusses historical precedents for Alabama epitaphs, different types of epitaphs, gravestone writings as folk literature, gravestones as architecture/sculpture, and the lettering of epitaphs.
Author Bio: Jack and Olivia Solomon are well-known Alabama folklorists and writers. Their books include Cracklin Bread and Asfidity, Zickary Zan, Ghosts and Goosebumps, Sweet Bunch of Daisies, and Honey in the Rock. SuZannah Solomon is their daughter.
|Historical Precedents for Alabama Epitaphs||20|
|Visual Arts and the Written Word: A Unified Folk Aesthetic||22|
|From Royalty to Common Folk: All Want To Be Remembered||28|
|The Epitaph Defined||30|
|The Epitaph as Biography||30|
|The Epitaph as a Greeting||35|
|The Epitaph as Blessing||39|
|The Epitaph as a Metaphor for Hope||40|
|The Epitaph as a Window to the Past||52|
|A Note on the Lettering||61|
|For Further Study||119|
|Gravestone Writings as Folk Literature||119|
|Gravestones as Architecture/Sculpture||121|
|The History of Writing||124|
Posted June 3, 2012
I was a little disappointed. I thought it would have better info in it on southern headstones. And a better selection of headstones. They didn't visit enough good graveyards.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.