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The Book Of Eulogies
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0684822512, Hardcover)Author Phyllis Theroux has assembled a large collection of funeral praises, and, amazingly, there's nothing morbid about it. A number of noted writers, including Thomas Merton, Peter Matthiessen, William Styron, H. L. Mencken, Hannah Arendt, and many others offer very lively thoughts on the departed. The book is well organized in thematic sections, and included in the more than 100 essays are a number of tributes to people whose lives may have been ordinary, but who also inspired very moving tributes. As editor Theroux notes in her introduction: "Some of the people are famous. Others are obscure. But all of them have one thing in common. When they died, someone wrote about them uncommonly well."
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"Ranging from Thomas Jefferson's magisterial eulogy for George Washington to Anna Quindlen's affectionate memorial for her grandmother; Helen Keller's words about her dear friend Mark Twain to Adlai Stevenson's about Eleanor Roosevelt", and more.
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