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The newest book in the Norton/Library of Congress takes readers on a visual journey from early churchyards and family plots to the establishment of the nation's first rural cemeteries of the nineteenth century, to the expansive memorial parks and 'green' burials of today. With more than 600 archival photographs and plans that shed light on the great diversity of burial str ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published December 13th 2010 by W. W. Norton & Company
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This book is part of a series of illustrated books, and the topic of this group is architecture,design, and engineering. Cemeteries have facinated since I was quite young, but what truly interests me are the epitaphs. I find all other aspects of a cemetery quite interesting as well such as funereal art (winged cherubs, willow trees), styles (rural, memorial, family, military) and grave markers (wooden crosses, natural stone, monuments, mausoleums ). This book provides a complete history of cemet ...more
Jul 27, 2011 Lisamary rated it it was amazing
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This review originally appeared in the Graveyard Rabbits online journal
There are few public cultural institutions that I value more than the Library of Congress. Come to think of it, only the Smithsonian comes close! I can certainly support anything which states that its mission is:

… to develop qualitatively the Library's universal collections, which document the history and further the creativity of the American people and which record and contribute to the advancement of civilization and knowl
Oct 12, 2012 Loren rated it liked it
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I'm not sure why this book is so expensive. Yes, it's full of black and white photographs, but really, $75? It's not worth that.

Assembled from the Library of Congress's photo archives, Cemeteries is a "visual sourcebook" of images of American graveyards taken by families, news photographers, stereograms, advertisers, and government agencies. Sections focus on gates, grave markers, mausoleums, and other details of graveyards -- which is what I bought the book for and it's most useful attribute.

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Keith Eggener, PhD, associate professor of American art and architecture at the University of Missouri, lives in Columbia.
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