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Famous Last Words

Author : Alan Bisbort
ISBN : 0764917382
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Whether Inspiring, Incomprehensible, insightful, bleak, or absurd, last words can be spoken by the living as well as the dying. Among the dying, last words are truly final, as was the case with Dylan Thomas, who uttered "I've just had eighteen straight whiskeys. I think that's the record." Famous Last Words records the parting shots of dozens of folks no longer with us, from those dead for political reasons to those who themselves decided to end it all. And it records the words of those who went on with their lives after uttering a memorable farewell but whose reputation was made by their words, often to their lasting frustration, such as the infamous Richard Milhous Nixon: "You won't have me to kick around anymore, because, gentlemen, this is my last press conference." Famous Last Words also preserves the last words of those inhabiting the world of fiction, whether in a book, on the stage, in a movie or on TV. Blanche DuBois's "I have always depended on the kindness of strangers" ranks right alongside Charles Foster Kane's "Rosebud" and Sidney Carton's "It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done. . . ." The mutterings of the imagined are always floating around in our culture's consciousness, kicking lustily. Author Alan Bisbort consulted unimpeachable sources and original texts in compiling this compendium of 140 choice good-byes. But not only the farewells capture our attention: Bisbort's concise, witty, and informative text adds revealing context to the quoted words. Famous Last Words is fascinating, illuminating, and immensely rewarding. Reading through the pages may reveal some unifying impulse behind all those bye-byes; if so, you have truly stumbled uponthe meaning of life.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Famous Last Words

Author : Alison Booth
ISBN : 081391437X
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Famous Last Words traces a broad historical transition- from the 1840s to the 1980s- from the more rigid dichotomy of the Victorian novel, in which good women must marry and fallen women die, to the more open alternatives of twentieth-century fiction, which sometimes permit the independent female protagonist to survive and occasionally allow alternative constructions of gender as well as plot. Each essay treats a narrative- novel, novella, or novel poem- by a single author in light of conventions of closure and of gender in historical context. The contributors recover forgotten texts, revise our understanding of women writers once successful, but now somewhat marginalized, and give voice to cultural "others." Works by the already canonized George Eliot are reassessed, and the representation of women in the canonical novels of male writers William Thackeray and Henry James is explored.
Category: Literary Criticism

Famous Last Words

Author : Katie Alender
ISBN : 9780545639989
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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Hollywood history, mystery, murder, mayhem, and delicious romance collide in this unputdownable thriller from master storyteller Katie Alender. Willa is freaking out. It seems like she's seeing things. Like a dead body in her swimming pool. Frantic messages on her walls. A reflection that is not her own. It's almost as if someone -- or something -- is trying to send her a message. Meanwhile, a killer is stalking Los Angeles -- a killer who reenacts famous movie murder scenes. Could Willa's strange visions have to do with these unsolved murders? Or is she going crazy? And who can she confide in? There's Marnie, her new friend who may not be totally trustworthy. And there's Reed, who's ridiculously handsome and seems to get Willa. There's also Wyatt, who's super smart but unhealthily obsessed with the Hollywood Killer. All Willa knows is, she has to confront the possible-ghost in her house, or she just might lose her mind . . . or her life. Acclaimed author Katie Alender puts an unforgettable twist on this spine-chilling tale of murder, mystery, mayhem -- and the movies.
Category: Juvenile Fiction

Famous Last Words

Author : Annie Sanders
ISBN : 9781409112778
Genre : Fiction
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'A funny, insightful read - with a brilliant twist' HEAT 'One of our picks of the year... poignant, funny and well-observed' BELLA Lucy has always been a bit of a control freak - a single mother, with her own business, she has never been one for taking risks, she's never been brave enough. Then, one evening, a fortune teller looks into her future - and learns that she doesn't have one. Sceptical, Lucy decides to ignore the warning until other prophecies he made begin to come true... Lucy decides to throw caution to the wind and so begins a race against the clock to live a life of fulfilment all in a matter of days. During this adventure, she faces her demons, confronts people from her past and risks the thing that she has guarded most fiercely - her heart. But, after all this, will she actually live to regret it? From the authors of bestseller Goodbye, Jimmy Choo, this is the touching and bittersweet story of one woman's struggle to let go of her worst fears and, in doing, realise her dream life.
Category: Fiction

Famous Last Words Seven Everlasting Words From The Cross

Author : Rev. Dr. Marshall L. Hoffman
ISBN : 9781632327178
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"Famous Last Words" brings an in-depth and heart-searching look at the seven last words that Christ spoke from the cross. His death, burial, and resurrection transformed human history. A careful look at the richness of these last words will prepare us spiritually to experience God's transforming power. From words of forgiveness, assurance, mystery, family to completion, the last words of Christ bring hope for personal resurrection to our own lives. The last words of Christ reach out from the cross, and across the centuries, into our lives with new power and meaning in this heartfelt devotional from a pastor's heart.

Famous Last Words And Wisecracks From The Bible

Author : Cindy Ross
ISBN : 9781934164044
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Wisecracks? in the Bible? Times have changed, but people haven't. Human nature is no different today than it was thousands of years ago. In this study we will look at some colorful Bible characters, thier antics and the words that made them famous- or infamous!

Famous Last Words

Author : Laura Ward
ISBN : 1856487083
Genre : Reference
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Contains an anthology of famous last words, quotes, deathbed scenes, epitaphs, and obituaries from a number of notable individuals including Bob Hope, Alexander Blackwell, and Roman Emperor Vespasian.
Category: Reference

Last Laughs

Author : Kathleen E. Miller
ISBN : 1402729693
Genre : Humor
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Laugh in the face of death! That’s what this bold, brash, and often irreverent collection of epitaphs encourages readers to do. It offers more than just the deceased’s name and dates of birth and death, plus a touching phrase in memorial. Instead, every fascinating quote presents an unexpectedly cheeky perspective on the tragic, like this one from Uniontown, New Jersey: “Here lies the body of Jonathan Blake; stepped on the gas pedal instead of the brake.”Some come from the gravestones of the famous: Bette Davis’s proudly notes that “she did it the hard way.” Each thought-provoking line makes an indelible contribution to our folklore.
Category: Humor