Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses
A “marvelously macabre” (Kirkus Reviews) history of the bizarre afterlives of corpses of the celebrated and notorious dead.
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 Alexander the Great to Elvis Presley, and from Beethoven to Dorothy Parker, 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.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - AliceaP - LibraryThing
Yes, I'm somewhat fascinated by death culture. No, I don't think it's unhealthy. Yes, I do recognize it makes many people uncomfortable especially when walking around with a book somewhat shaped like ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Sullywriter - LibraryThing
An entertaining collection of true stories about what became of corpses of the famous and infamous. Some humorous, some gruesome, and all interesting. Read full review
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
LEE HARVEY OSWALD
JOHN PAUL JONES
FREDERICK THE GREAT
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART