A curious collection of 500 actual epitaphs, from which we learn of grieving spouses, fatal gluttony, vengeful relations, and all manner of partin commentary
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 to make parting comments that range from the wry . . .
On the 29th of November, A confounded piece of timber Came down, bang slam, And killed I, John Lamb. Huntingdon, England 1700 to the satisfied. . . .
THOMAS ALLEYN AND HIS TWO WIVES Death here advantage hath of life I spye, One husband with two wifes at once may lye. Witchingham, England 1650
to the short and sweet. . . .
Going, But Know Not Where Putnam, CT. 1918
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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Published by Ballantine Books Sep 05, 1990| 224 Pages| 5-1/2 x 8-1/2| ISBN 9780345364708