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The Resource The dead beat : lost souls, lucky stiffs, and the perverse pleasures of obituaries, Marilyn Johnson

The dead beat : lost souls, lucky stiffs, and the perverse pleasures of obituaries, Marilyn Johnson

Label
The dead beat : lost souls, lucky stiffs, and the perverse pleasures of obituaries
Title
The dead beat
Title remainder
lost souls, lucky stiffs, and the perverse pleasures of obituaries
Statement of responsibility
Marilyn Johnson
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Obituaries are history as it is happening. Whose time am I living in? Was he a success or a failure, lucky or doomed, older than I am or younger? Did she know how to live? Where else can you celebrate the life of the pharmacist who moonlighted as a spy, the genius behind Sea Monkeys, the school lunch lady who spent her evenings as a ballroom hostess? No wonder so many readers skip the news and the sports and go directly to the obituary page. This book is the story of how these stories get told. Enthralled by the fascinating lives that were marching out of this world, Marilyn Johnson tumbled into the obits page to find out what made it so lively. She sought out the best obits in the English language and chased the people who spent their lives writing about the dead.--From publisher description
Summary
A wry study of the cult and culture of the obituary assesses what our fascination with these unique human-interest stories reveals about our feelings about death, offering a survey of the obituary in all its diversity
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
209559
Cataloging source
WIQ
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1954-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Johnson, Marilyn
Dewey number
070.4/4992
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
  • plates
Index
no index present
LC call number
PN4784.O22
LC item number
J65 2007
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Obituaries
  • Death
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
lost souls, lucky stiffs, and the perverse pleasures of obituaries
Label
The dead beat : lost souls, lucky stiffs, and the perverse pleasures of obituaries, Marilyn Johnson
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [245]-247)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. I walk the dead beat -- 2. A wake of obituarists -- 3. Name that bit -- 4. The mighty and the fallen of New York : -- The Irish sports pages -- The franchise -- Portraits of grief -- Goodbye! -- Attention must be paid -- 5. Now you know -- 6. Ordinary Joe -- 7. The egalitarians -- 8. Tributes -- 9. The four horsemen of the Apocalypse : -- The obituary capital -- Boiled in oil, and other -- Terrible fates in the Daily Telegraph -- A few words about the code -- Following the Guardian into the mist -- An Independent bent -- Lives of the Times -- 10. Googling death -- 11. The obit writer's obit
Control code
868887
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First Harper Perennial edition.
Extent
viii, 252 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780060758769
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780060758769
  • (OCoLC)83815282
Label
The dead beat : lost souls, lucky stiffs, and the perverse pleasures of obituaries, Marilyn Johnson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [245]-247)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. I walk the dead beat -- 2. A wake of obituarists -- 3. Name that bit -- 4. The mighty and the fallen of New York : -- The Irish sports pages -- The franchise -- Portraits of grief -- Goodbye! -- Attention must be paid -- 5. Now you know -- 6. Ordinary Joe -- 7. The egalitarians -- 8. Tributes -- 9. The four horsemen of the Apocalypse : -- The obituary capital -- Boiled in oil, and other -- Terrible fates in the Daily Telegraph -- A few words about the code -- Following the Guardian into the mist -- An Independent bent -- Lives of the Times -- 10. Googling death -- 11. The obit writer's obit
Control code
868887
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First Harper Perennial edition.
Extent
viii, 252 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780060758769
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780060758769
  • (OCoLC)83815282

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