Last Word: The New York Times Book of Obituaries and Farewells; A Celebration of Unusual Lives

Last Word: The New York Times Book of Obituaries and Farewells; A Celebration of Unusual Lives

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Last Word: The New York Times Book of Obituaries and Farewells; A Celebration of Unusual Lives by Marvin Siegel, Marvin Siegel

Anecdotal, inspiring, frequently amusing, and elegantly concise, the obituary page of The New York Times has earned a huge following. The Last Word is a fascinating compilation of 100 of the most colorful, entertaining, and touching obits that have appeared in the last few years.

The collection deliberately omits celebrities to concentrate on an eclectic mix of lesser-known men and women whose compelling lives have often changed the world they lived in. You may not have heard of Julian Hill, but he changed your life as the inventor of nylon. You'll meet others like him: a quiet man who braved the hostility of racists to integrate the University of Georgia; a woman who turned chopped liver into a million-dollar business; the man who gave the Beat Generation its very name; and a reclusive woman who turned a $5,000 nest egg into a $22 million fortune that she left to a school she never attended.

The collection also includes commentary by some of the Times's finest writers and contributors such as Jules Feiffer, William E. Geist, James Gleick, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Anna Quindlen, William Styron, and Wendy Wasserstein.

Anecdotal, inspiring, frequently amusing, and elegantly concise, the obituary page of The New York Times has earned a huge following. The Last Word is a fascinating compilation of 100 of the most colorful, entertaining, and touching obits that have appeared in the last few years.

The collection deliberately omits celebrities to concentrate on an eclectic mix of lesser-known men and women whose compelling lives have often changed the world they lived in. You may not have heard of Julian Hill, but he changed your life as theinventor of nylon. You'll meet others like him: a quiet man who braved the hostility of racists to integrate the University of Georgia; a woman who turned chopped liver into a million-dollar business; the man who gave the Beat Generation its very name; and a reclusive woman who turned a $5,000 nest egg into a $22 million fortune that she left to a school she never attended.

The collection also includes commentary by some of the Times's finest writers and contributors such as Jules Feiffer, William E. Geist, James Gleick, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Anna Quindlen, William Styron, and Wendy Wasserstein.

Author Biography: Marvin Siegel is an assistant to the managing editor of The New York Times. He has been a newspaperman in New York City for nearly forty years.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780688166373
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/01/1999
Edition description: 1st Quill Paperback
Pages: 426
Product dimensions: 6.05(w) x 9.19(h) x 1.23(d)

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book in the "retread" section of the library for $.75. It is one of my most prized books now! In this wonderful book, we read about lives of people who have impacted the lives of countless individuals in their community, or have impacted the world community. It is very well written; the lives chosen are remarkable in their accomplishments. Some you may have heard of, some not. However, once you have read this book, you will certainly be impressed with their gifts to humanity. It may even help you feel that you too, may have something to give to your community, or to the world at large before you take you leave of this wonderful planet. It is a sort of immortality.