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Famous Last Words, Fond Farewells, Deathbed Diatribes, and Exclamations Upon Expiration

Famous Last Words, Fond Farewells, Deathbed Diatribes, and Exclamations Upon Expiration by Ray Robinson 0761126090 9780761126096
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A collection of the notable last recorded words of the dying, Famous Last Words is, unexpectedly, bursting with life, hope, wisdom, and often laughter. Here are writers, philosophers, athletes, gangsters, kings, queens, movie stars, and politicians, in all sorts of moods and states of preparedness. Some merely want to say goodbye to loved ones, others want to create a legacy. And some are caught completely off guard, like Civil War general John Sedgwick, answering his troops urgings to take cover: They couldnt hit an elephant at this dist-. Theres the droll: Its the wallpaper or me. One of us has to go (Oscar Wilde); the blas: How are the Mets doing today? (Moe Berg); the cranky: It wasnt worth it (Louis B. Mayer); the wistful: That was the best ice cream soda I ever tasted (Lou Costello); the optimistic: I shall hear in heaven! (Beethoven); and the overly optimistic: Ive never felt better (Douglas Fairbanks). Ultimately, every one of these parting statements is a reflection of the person behind it. Each is accompanied by a mini-biography of the speaker, including the context of death, from the golf course (That was a great game of golf, fellers Bing Crosby) to a favorite armchair (Go on, get out. Last words are for fools who havent said enough-Karl Marx).

Author: Ray Robinson

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 192

Publisher: Workman Publishing Company

Publication Date: 2003-09-05

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