Purified by Fire: A History of Cremation in America / Edition 1

Purified by Fire: A History of Cremation in America / Edition 1

by Stephen Prothero
     
 


"Readers of Purified by Fire will find themselves enthralled by their own history and left pondering the disposition of their own remains. Prothero has crafted a thoroughly admirable book, a model for writing cultural history on religiously significant topics. The scholarship is exemplary. Prothero is accurate, critical, anlaytical, and all the while, heSee more details below

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"Readers of Purified by Fire will find themselves enthralled by their own history and left pondering the disposition of their own remains. Prothero has crafted a thoroughly admirable book, a model for writing cultural history on religiously significant topics. The scholarship is exemplary. Prothero is accurate, critical, anlaytical, and all the while, he tells a good story." —Ronald L. Grimes, author of Reading in Ritual Studies (1996) and Deeply into the Bone: Re-Inventing Rites of Passage (2000)

"In Purified by Fire Stephen Prothero deals with the history of cremation in a superbly innovative and sophisticated way. His training in American religious history and the history of religion shines through, and his ability to situate debates over cremation in the larger social and cultural ecology makes the arguments even more compelling for the reader. The scholarship here is superior."—Gary Laderman, author of The Sacred Remains: American Attitudes Toward Death, 1799-1883 (1990)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520236882
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
11/15/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
298
Sales rank:
915,129
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsxi
Acknowledgmentsxiii
Introduction1
Part 1Birth, 1874-189613
1.The Cremation of Baron De Palm15
2.Sanitary Reform46
3.Resurrection and the Resurrectionists67
Part 2Bricks and Mortar, 1896-1963103
4.The Business of Cremation105
5.The Memorial Idea127
Part 3Boom, 1963-Present161
6.Consumers' Last Rites163
7.Contemporary Ways of Cremation188
Timeline213
Abbreviations219
Notes221
Selected Bibliography253
Index263

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