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Last Words: A Dictionary of Deathbed Quotations
The last words of the dying often provide insight into their feelings about life. Some are peaceful ("It is very beautiful over there"--Thomas Alva Edison); many are spiritual ("Don't ask the Lord to keep me here. Ask him to have mercy"--Walker Percy); others are angry ("God-damn the whole frigging world and everybody in it--except you Carlotta"--W.C. Fields); still others ...more
Paperback, 261 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by McFarland & Company
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A significant number of entries and a commendable effort. But lacks sources on many. And some are (admitably by the author) constructed or reconstructed -- in other words not the actual words -- a quote made up by the author based the circumstances and info about the death. This can lead to wrongly attributted quotes, etc. This was a huge drawback for me for a non-fiction book that is set up like a reference book.