The Oxford Book of Death

Paperback | November 24, 2008

EditorD. J. Enright

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The inescapable reality of death has given rise to much of literature's most profound and moving work. D. J. Enright's wonderfully eclectic selection presents the words of poet and novelist, scientist and philosopher, mystic and sceptic. And alongside these 'professional' writers, he allowsthe voices of ordinary people to be heard; for this is a subject on which there are no real experts and wisdom lies in many unexpected places.

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The inescapable reality of death has given rise to much of literature's most profound and moving work. D. J. Enright's wonderfully eclectic selection presents the words of poet and novelist, scientist and philosopher, mystic and sceptic. And alongside these 'professional' writers, he allowsthe voices of ordinary people to be heard; for...

D. J. Enright (1920-2002), poet, novelist, and critic, was born in Royal Leamington Spa, the son of a postman. He was educated at Leamington College and Downing College, Cambridge. His first collection of poetry, iThe laughing hyena and other poems/i was published in 1953. This was followed by an anthology iPoets of the 1950s/i (1955)...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.83 inPublished:November 24, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199556520

ISBN - 13:9780199556526

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Editor's NoteIntroductionDefinitionsViews and AttitudesThe Hour of DeathSuicideMourningGraveyards and FuneralsResurrections and ImmortalitiesHereaftersRevenantsWar, Plague and PersecutionLove and DeathChildrenAnimalsEpitaphs, Requiems and Last WordsAcknowledgementsIndexes

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`excellent ... [Enright] has gathered a fine harvest and cleverly kept melancholy in check'The Guardian