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Rest in Pieces

The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses
Lovejoy, Bess (Book - 2013)
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IN THE LONG RUN, WE'RE ALL DEAD. But for some of the most influential figures in history, death marked the start of a new adventure. The famous deceased have been stolen, burned, sold, pickled, frozen, stuffed, impersonated, and even filed away in a lawyer's office. Their fingers, teeth, toes, arms, legs, skulls, hearts, lungs, and nether regions have embarked on voyages that crisscross the globe and stretch the imagination. Counterfeiters tried to steal Lincoln's corpse. Einstein's brain went on a cross-country road trip. And after Lord Horatio Nelson perished at Trafalgar, his sailors submerged him in brandy--which they drank. From Mozart to Hitler, Rest in Pieces connects the lives of the famous dead to the hilarious and horrifying adventures of their corpses, and traces the evolution of cultural attitudes toward death.--Publisher's description.
Authors: Lovejoy, Bess
Title: Rest in pieces
the curious fates of famous corpses
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2013.
Characteristics: xviii, 329 p.:,ill. ;,24 cm.
Contents: Saints and sinners. Saint Nicholas ; Thomas Becket ; Voltaire ; Molière
Science and medicine. Laurence Sterne ; Emanuel Swedenborg ; Joseph Haydn ; Ludwig van Beethoven ; Albert Einstein ; Alistair Cooke ; Ted Williams
Crime and punishment. John Milton ; Abraham Lincoln ; Charlie Chaplin ; Elvis Presley ; Geronimo
(Un)solved mysteries. Edgar Allan Poe ; Jesse James ; Lee Harvey Oswald ; Christopher Columbus ; D.H. Lawrence
Body politics. Alexander the Great ; Vladimir Lenin ; Benito Mussolini ; Adolf Hitler ; Eva Perón ; Jim Thorpe ; Che Guevara ; Osama bin Laden
Lost and found. John Paul Jones ; Dante Alighieri ; René Descartes ; Frederick the Great ; Thomas Paine ; William Blake ; Dorothy Parker
Collectible corpses. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ; Napoleon Bonaparte ; Lord Byron ; Grigori Rasputin ; Oliver Cromwell ; Ned Kelly
Love and devotion. Galileo Galilei ; Thomas More ; Percy Bysshe Shelley ; David Livingstone ; John Barrymore
Last wishes. Jeremy Bentham ; Timothy Leary ; Gram Parsons ; Hunter S. Thompson
Appendix: The way of all flesh : what happens to bodies after death.
Summary: IN THE LONG RUN, WE'RE ALL DEAD. But for some of the most influential figures in history, death marked the start of a new adventure. The famous deceased have been stolen, burned, sold, pickled, frozen, stuffed, impersonated, and even filed away in a lawyer's office. Their fingers, teeth, toes, arms, legs, skulls, hearts, lungs, and nether regions have embarked on voyages that crisscross the globe and stretch the imagination. Counterfeiters tried to steal Lincoln's corpse. Einstein's brain went on a cross-country road trip. And after Lord Horatio Nelson perished at Trafalgar, his sailors submerged him in brandy--which they drank. From Mozart to Hitler, Rest in Pieces connects the lives of the famous dead to the hilarious and horrifying adventures of their corpses, and traces the evolution of cultural attitudes toward death.--Publisher's description.
Local Note: 15 27 29 53 60 62 71 76 113 118 133 148 149 250 258
ISBN: 1451654987
9781451654981
Statement of Responsibility: Bess Lovejoy
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject Headings: Dead History. Celebrities Death Miscellanea. Celebrities Biography Miscellanea. Dead Miscellanea.
Topical Term: Dead
Celebrities
Celebrities
Dead
LCCN: 2012034706
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This book is a thick rectangle - making it curiously hard to just sit and read. I have only put a book down twice because it was physically uncomfortable to read - this is one. Shame, too, because the contents are pretty interesting.

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