Grave Matters: A Curious Collection of 500 Actual Epitaphs, from Which We Learn of Grieving Spouses, Fatal Gluttony, Vengeful Relatio

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People have wanted to have the last word from the beginning of time--and they've been writing their own for almost as long. Their wise, witty and often bizarre last messages have now been immortalized in Grave Matters, this wonderfully entertaining collection of epitaphs taken from headstones, church records and historical accounts in the United States and the British Isles.

The epitaphs in Grave Matters span four centuries, and make memorable ...

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Overview

People have wanted to have the last word from the beginning of time--and they've been writing their own for almost as long. Their wise, witty and often bizarre last messages have now been immortalized in Grave Matters, this wonderfully entertaining collection of epitaphs taken from headstones, church records and historical accounts in the United States and the British Isles.

The epitaphs in Grave Matters span four centuries, and make memorable use of poetry, epigrams and surprising turns of phrase

A fascinating look at the way people lived and died in days gone by, Grave Matters is the perfect addition to any library for the literary, the learned and (especially) the living

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345364708
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/5/1990
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 207
  • Sales rank: 1,239,748
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction vii
Grieving Spouses 3
What's In A Name? 27
Occupational Hazards 41
Leave Me Alone 57
Old Maids 63
Sudden Death 71
It's Inevitable 95
Gluttons 107
Soldiers And Sailors 115
Good Riddance 125
Nipped In The Bud 135
Come Again? 147
Died With Their Boots On 153
Glad To Go 159
Better Late Than Never 167
Slaves 173
Short And Sweet 177
Pets 187
The Famous Go, Too 193
Suggested Reading 205
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