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Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses

Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses

ISBN: 1451654987

Title: Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses

Author: Bess Lovejoy

KDL Description:


“Try not to let the title creep you out, this book offers a very intriguing and fascinating look at what happened to some of the most famous men and women in history after they passed on. Lord Byron, Grigori Rasputin, and Elvis Presley are just a few of the big names who have their afterlife explored. Some of the descriptions are a little stomach turning but the stories reflect cultural attitudes on death and how we treat our dead. I definitely recommend this unusual book.”
—Emmy at KDL’s Tyrone Township branch

Amazon Description: IN THE LONG RUN, WE’RE ALL DEAD.

But for some of the most influential figures in history, death marked the start of a new adventure.

The famous deceased have been stolen, burned, sold, pickled, frozen, stuffed, impersonated, and even filed away in a lawyer’s office. Their fingers, teeth, toes, arms, legs, skulls, hearts, lungs, and nether regions have embarked on voyages that crisscross the globe and stretch the imagination.

Counterfeiters tried to steal Lincoln’s corpse. Einstein’s brain went on a cross-country road trip. And after Lord Horatio Nelson perished at Trafalgar, his sailors submerged him in brandy—which they drank.

From Mozart to Hitler, Rest in Pieces connects the lives of the famous dead to the hilarious and horrifying adventures of their corpses, and traces the evolution of cultural attitudes toward death.