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The Dead Beat: Lost Souls, Lucky Stiffs, and the Perverse Pleasures of Obituaries

Author: Marilyn Johnson.

The Dead Beat: Lost Souls, Lucky Stiffs, and the Perverse Pleasures of Obituaries

Author: Marilyn Johnson.

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Item #: D32885
Format: Paperback
Pages: 272
Publication Date: 2007
Publisher: Harper Perennial
ISBN: 9780060758769
Having penned memorable obituaries for the likes of Princess Diana, Jackie Onassis, and Johnny Cash, for Life and other magazines, Marilyn Johnson here takes a literate, irresistible look at the appeal of obituaries, for their readers and especially for their writers. Here are the powerful Chuck Strum of the New York Times obit page, who keeps a vault of som... More
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Having penned memorable obituaries for the likes of Princess Diana, Jackie Onassis, and Johnny Cash, for Life and other magazines, Marilyn Johnson here takes a literate, irresistible look at the appeal of obituaries, for their readers and especially for their writers. Here are the powerful Chuck Strum of the New York Times obit page, who keeps a vault of some 1200 news-making obituaries for people who haven't died yet, and James Fergusson of London's Independent, a former antiquarian bookseller who transformed obituaries from "desperate chronologies" into essay pieces.

"An uplifting, joyous, life-affirming read for people who ordinarily steer clear of uplifting, joyous, life-affirming reads."—LATBR


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