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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

"Reading for this anthology," writes D.J. Enright, "I was moved to the thought that on no theme have writers shown themselves more lively." A survivor of Belsen voiced the same sentiment when, reflecting on the concentration camps, he wrote, "When in death we are in the midst of life." By turns poignant, tragic, comic, and inspiring, this anthology of thoughts about death ranges from ancient times to the present day — including almost nine hundred selections by poets, novelists, philosophers, scientists, and common people. Arranged under headings such as "Love," "War," "Last Words," and "Children," these selections show the varied, sometimes surprising, reactions of the dying and the bereaved to the final human act.

Review:

"[E]xtensive and enjoyable...first rate." Daily Telegraph

Review:

"An inspired departure from the usual literary mapping of...anthologies....Only the most flint-hearted of readers could fail to be absorbed, illumined, and even cheered by it." The New Yorker

Review:

"[Enright] has gathered a fine harvest and cleverly kept melancholy in check." Guardian

About the Author

About the Editor:

D.J. Enright, a well-known poet and critic, has taught at universities in Egypt, England, Japan, Germany, Thailand, and Singapore. His books include Shakespeare and the Students, The Oxford Book of Contemporary Verse 1945-1980, and Collected Poems.

Table of Contents

Editor's Note

Introduction

Definitions

Views and Attitudes

The Hour of Death

Suicide

Mourning

Graveyards and Funerals

Resurrections and Immortalities

Hereafters

Revenants

War, Plague and Persecution

Love and Death

Children

Animals

Epitaphs, Requiems and Last Words

Acknowledgements

Indexes

Product Details

ISBN:
9780192803801
Editor:
Enright, D. J.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Editor:
Enright, D. J.
Author:
null, D. J.
Author:
Enright, D. J.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Rhetoric
Subject:
Death
Subject:
Death, Grief, Bereavement
Subject:
Death & Dying
Subject:
Literature/English | World Literature | Anthologies
Subject:
Theology | Mysticism
Subject:
Religion and Theology - Mysticism
Edition Number:
revised
Series:
Oxford Books of Prose
Series Volume:
Vol 4, The New Natio
Publication Date:
20021128
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
None
Pages:
366
Dimensions:
8.06x5.00x.88 in. .95 lbs.

Related Subjects

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The Oxford Book of Death
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Product details 366 pages Oxford University Press - English 9780192803801 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[E]xtensive and enjoyable...first rate."
"Review" by , "An inspired departure from the usual literary mapping of...anthologies....Only the most flint-hearted of readers could fail to be absorbed, illumined, and even cheered by it."
"Review" by , "[Enright] has gathered a fine harvest and cleverly kept melancholy in check."
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