In this beautifully illustrated and well-researched book Professor Curl has rescued much fascinating material from undeserved oblivion, and his work fills a genuine gap. From humble working-class exequies to the massive outpouringof grief at the State funerals of Wellington and Queen Victoria herself, The Victorian Celebration of Death covers an immense canvas. It describes the change in sensibility that led to a new tenderness towards the dead; the history of the urban cemeteries with their architecture and landscapes; the ephemera of death and dying; State funerals as national spectacles; and the utilitarian reactions towards the end of the nineteenth century. Combining wit with compassion, Curl wears his learning lightly, and his taste for the eerie is delicately balanced by this literary personality. He has resurrected many valuable and extremely interesting aspects of nineteenth-century attidues to death and the disposal of the dead; Curl's achievement is as well-ordered as any sumptuous funeral, and is lucid as well as entertaining, with many surprises and assiciated delights.
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Professor James Stevens Curl is Senior Research Fellow at The Queen's University of Belfast. He read for his Doctorate at University College London, and was Visiting Fellow at Peterhouse, University of Cambridge. He has established an international reputation for scholarship and lucidity of style. He has published many works dealing with aspects of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
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Descripción The History Press, 2001. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P110750923180
Descripción The History Press, 2001. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Brand New!. Nº de ref. de la librería VIB0750923180