Last Words: A Dictionary of Deathbed Quotations

Last Words: A Dictionary of Deathbed Quotations

by C. Bernard Ruffin, Bernard Ruffin
     
 

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The last words of the dying often provide insight into their feelings about life. Some are peaceful ("It is very beautiful over there"-Thomas Alva Edison); many are spiritual ("Don't ask the Lord to keep me here. Ask him to have mercy"-Walker Percy); others are angry ("God-damn the whole frigging world and everybody in it-except you Carlotta"-W.C. Fields); still

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The last words of the dying often provide insight into their feelings about life. Some are peaceful ("It is very beautiful over there"-Thomas Alva Edison); many are spiritual ("Don't ask the Lord to keep me here. Ask him to have mercy"-Walker Percy); others are angry ("God-damn the whole frigging world and everybody in it-except you Carlotta"-W.C. Fields); still others reflect the weary fight against death ("I'm bored of it all"-Sir Winston Churchill).

Nearly 2,000 deathbed quotations from saints, popes, statesmen, scientists, soldiers, musicians, athletes, artists, entertainers, writers, criminals and others are included in this reference work. Each entry includes a brief biographical sketch of the person and sets the quotation in context. The sources for the quotes include biographies, newspaper and magazine accounts, and, in a few instances, firsthand accounts.

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Booknews
A reference that contains 2,033 deathbed quotations from saints, popes, statesmen, scientists, soldiers, musicians, athletes, artists, entertainers, writers, criminals, and others. Each entry includes a thumbnail biographical sketch of the person and sets the quotation in context. Chico Marx to his daughter: "Put in my coffin a deck of cards, a mashie niblick, and a pretty blonde." Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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useful keyword index...an engaging book, useful for research as well as reference
ARBA
"Ruffin's treatment of this subject is the last word"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786425525
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
01/31/2006
Pages:
269
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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Meet the Author

C. Bernard Ruffin is a high school teacher and Lutheran minister. He lives in Reston, Virginia.

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