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

Paperback | January 30, 2007

byMarilyn Johnson

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Marilyn Johnson was enthralled by the remarkable lives that were marching out of this world—so she sought out the best obits in the English language and the people who spent their lives writing about the dead. She surveyed the darkest corners of Internet chat rooms, and made a pilgrimage to London to savor the most caustic and literate obits of all. Now she leads us on a compelling journey into the cult and culture behind the obituary page and the unusual lives we don't quite appreciate until they're gone.

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Marilyn Johnson was enthralled by the remarkable lives that were marching out of this world—so she sought out the best obits in the English language and the people who spent their lives writing about the dead. She surveyed the darkest corners of Internet chat rooms, and made a pilgrimage to London to savor the most caustic and literate...

A former staff writer for Life and an editor at Esquire, Redbook, and Outside, Marilyn Johnson is the author of The Dead Beat. She lives in Briarcliff Manor, New York.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.76 inPublished:January 30, 2007Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780060758769

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“A beautifully written, funny, and fascinating tour through the unexpectedly lively world of obituaries.”