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Author Johnson, Marilyn, 1954-

Title The dead beat : lost souls, lucky stiffs, and the perverse pleasures of obituaries / Marilyn Johnson.

Publication Info. New York : HarperCollins, [2006]


Location Call No. Status
 Berlin-Peck Memorial Library - Non Fiction  070.4 JOHNSON    Check Shelf
 Cromwell-Belden Public Library - Adult Department  070.4 JOH    Check Shelf
 Granby, Main Library - Adult  070.4 JOH    Check Shelf
 Mansfield, Main Library - Adult Nonfiction  070.44992 JOHNSON    Check Shelf
 New Britain, Main Library - Non Fiction  070.4499 J59    Check Shelf
 Newington, Lucy Robbins Welles Library - Adult Department  070.449 JOHNSON    Check Shelf
 Plainville Public Library - Non Fiction  070.44 JOH    Check Shelf
 South Windsor Public Library - Non Fiction  070.449 JOHNSON    Check Shelf
 Windsor Locks Public Library - Adult Department  070.4 JOH    Check Shelf
Edition First edition.
Description viii, 244 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [231]-239).
Contents 1. I walk the dead beat -- 2. A wake of obituarists -- 3. Name that bit -- 4. The mighty and the fallen of New York : -- The Irish sports pages -- The franchise -- Portraits of grief -- Goodbye! -- Attention must be paid -- 5. Now you know -- 6. Ordinary Joe -- 7. The egalitarians -- 8. Tributes -- 9. The four horsemen of the Apocalypse : -- The obituary capital -- Boiled in oil, and other -- Terrible fates in the Daily Telegraph -- A few words about the code -- Following the Guardian into the mist -- An Independent bent -- Lives of the Times -- 10. Googling death -- 11. The obit writer's obit
Summary Obituaries are history as it is happening. Whose time am I living in? Was he a success or a failure, lucky or doomed, older than I am or younger? Did she know how to live? Where else can you celebrate the life of the pharmacist who moonlighted as a spy, the genius behind Sea Monkeys, the school lunch lady who spent her evenings as a ballroom hostess? No wonder so many readers skip the news and the sports and go directly to the obituary page. This book is the story of how these stories get told. Enthralled by the fascinating lives that were marching out of this world, Marilyn Johnson tumbled into the obits page to find out what made it so lively. She sought out the best obits in the English language and chased the people who spent their lives writing about the dead.--From publisher description.
Subject Obituaries -- History and criticism.
ISBN 0060758759
Standard No. 9780060758752 (hardcover) 52495
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