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Last Words of Notable People: Final Words of More than 3500 Noteworthy People Throughout History (English Edition) von [Brahms, William]

Last Words of Notable People: Final Words of More than 3500 Noteworthy People Throughout History (English Edition) Kindle Edition

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Last Words of Notable People is a comprehensive reference work on "last words," "dying words" or "famous last words". A work of unprecedented scope and study...Covering the final utterances of noted people over the span of thousands of years and the entire globe; each person is presented with a relevant biographical treatment. Each entry is meticulously documented, citing best sources available. Connection or relation of cited sources to entries are presented. Accuracy or veracity of reputed "last words" is often questioned. Conflicting variations of reported "last words" for many entries are presented for the purpose of further research. Contains a detailed selected annotated bibliography of significant "last word" sources. Well indexed. The conclusion of more than a dozen years work and consultation of tens of thousands of sources, Last Words of Notable People is far and away the definitive compilation and treatment of recorded "last words" compiled to date. This is the soft cover book edition of the last words tome featured in John Green's "Dying Declarations" video. Last Words of Notable People was an Amazon Top 100 Bestseller in December 2011. For: Trivia Lovers, Biography and History Buffs, Nerdfighters, Academic and Public Library Reference Collections and Library Circulating collections


Librarian Bill Brahms started to accumulate information for Notable Last Facts and Last Words of Notable People, in the early 1990s as a graduate library student at Rutgers University. While reviewing core reference sources in a class on reference librarianship, the topic of notable “firsts” was discussed and an excellent encyclopedic resource was demonstrated. This prompted Bill to ask: Where would one go to look up famous or notable “lasts?” When his question yielded nothing definitive, the idea (or rather the need) for an extensive basic reference work on “lasts” was born. Notable Last Facts was released in 2005 to wide critical acclaim and is now a core reference work in thousands of libraries. While researching “last facts,” Bill began to come across a large number of reputed “last words” or “famous last words,” of people. When he saw the remarkable variety of versions reported and that few gave a cited source, Bill began to collect these too. There are numerous lists on the Internet and a number of books published over the years which endeavored to bring together a collection of “famous last words” (or as Bill prefers to call them “Last Words of Notable People”), however these works almost exclusively do not cite historic sources for the vast majority of the quotes and many of the quoted last words were dubious, doubtful, misquoted or clearly contrived after the death of the person. These issues arise because tracking last words is difficult and history has often been re-written to lionize or vilify individuals or add to an insightful, humorous or ironic twist to versions of last words. Regrettably, almost all of the published works of reputed last words were treated and marketed, non-scholarly, generally as novelties or in the humor or miscellaneous trivia sections in book stores -- all lacked attempts to cite a vetted source or reference work for each entry and the these compilations tended to be greatly limited in scope. A few attempts have been made over the course of history to study and list last words more seriously, but as resources they too are limited in scope (number of entries and breadth of coverage) and almost all are more than 50 years old. Last Words of Notable People is the first compilation “last words” that is of a “library reference book” magnitude. It is also the first compilation to source every entry including “Variations” and “Different Last Words” as well as additionally annotating many sources including those of doubtful or dubious last words. In short, Last Words of Notable People is the largest, most scholarly and comprehensive compilation of recorded last words ever published and a highly recommended and welcome addition to library and reference collections.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 3629 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 680 Seiten
  • Verlag: Reference Desk Press, Inc (19. Oktober 2012)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B009TJOL5S
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