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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 (Dont 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 reflec ...more
Hardcover, 261 pages
Published May 1st 1995 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.