Last Words

Approaches to Death in New Zealand's Cultures and Faiths
Author: Margot Schwass
Publisher: Bridget Williams Books
ISBN: 1877242349
Category: Social Science
Page: 198
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A short book about different practices for acknowledging death in the different cultures and religions currently in New Zealand. While it is designed for use by nurses and doctors, chaplains, funeral directors, police, hospice workers and community workers, the book is also intended for general readers.

Last Words

The Final Journals of William S. Burroughs
Author: William S. Burroughs
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
ISBN: 080219723X
Category: Fiction
Page: 304
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Last Words: The Final Journals of William S. Burroughs is the most intimate book ever written by William S. Burroughs, author of Naked Lunch and one of the most celebrated literary outlaws of our time. Laid out as diary entries of the last nine months of Burroughs's life, Last Words spans the realms of cultural criticism, personal memoir, and fiction. Classic Burroughs concerns -- literature, U.S. drug policy, the state of humanity, his love for his cats -- permeate the book. Most significantly, Last Words contains some of the most personal work Burroughs has ever written, a final reckoning with his life and regrets, and his reflections on the deaths of his friends Allen Ginsberg and Timothy Leary. It is a poignant portrait of the man, his life, and his creative process -- one that never quit, not even in the shadow of death.

Last Words


Author: Michael Koryta
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1444742620
Category: Fiction
Page: 448
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Private investigator Mark Novak is still mourning the death of his wife, and it's affecting his work. With his future on the line, Mark is sent to check out a case in the Midwest town of Garrison, home to a famous but perilous cave system. A girl has died in the caves, and the man who brought her out is still believed by many to be her killer. He begs Novak to uncover what really happened. But Garrison is the kind of place where cold cases stay cold. Mark tries to delve into the town's secrets, but in the end, he will have to match his wits against the man who knows the caverns better than anyone. A man who seems to have lost his mind. A man who seems to know Mark Novak all too well.

Last Words

A Dictionary of Deathbed Quotations
Author: C. Bernard Ruffin
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: N.A
Category: Social Science
Page: 269
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The last words of the dying often provide insight into their feelings about life. Some are peaceful ("It is very beautiful over there"--Thomas Alva Edison); many are spiritual ("Don't ask the Lord to keep me here. Ask him to have mercy"--Walker Percy); others are angry ("God-damn the whole frigging world and everybody in it--except you Carlotta"--W.C. Fields); still others reflect the weary fight against death ("I'm bored of it all"--Sir Winston Churchill). Nearly 2,000 deathbed quotations from saints, popes, statesmen, scientists, soldiers, musicians, athletes, artists, entertainers, writers, criminals and others are included in this reference work. Each entry includes a brief biographical sketch of the person and sets the quotation in context. The sources for the quotes include biographies, newspaper and magazine accounts, and, in a few instances, firsthand accounts.

Famous Last Words

Apt Observations, Pleas, Curses, Benedictions, Sour Notes, Bon Mots, and Insights from People on the Brink of Departure
Author: Alan Bisbort
Publisher: Pomegranate
ISBN: 9780764917387
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 154
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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.

Famous Last Words


Author: Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company (BYR)
ISBN: 0805098402
Category: Young Adult Fiction
Page: 288
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In Famous Last Words by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski, sixteen-year-old Samantha D'Angelo has death on the brain. Her summer internship at the local newspaper has her writing obituaries instead of soaking up the sun at the beach. Between Shelby, Sam's boy-crazy best friend; her boss Harry, a true-blue newspaper man; and AJ, her fellow "intern scum" (aka the cute drummer for a band called Love Gas), Sam has her hands full. But once she figures out what—or who—is the best part of her summer, will she mess it all up? As Sam learns her way around both the news room and the real world, she starts to make some momentous realizations about politics, ethics, her family, romance, and most important—herself.

Last Words

Variations on a Theme in Cultural History
Author: Karl S. Guthke
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9781400820719
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 264
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Whether Goethe actually cried "More light!" on his deathbed, or whether Conrad Hilton checked out of this world after uttering "Leave the shower curtain on the inside of the tub," last words, regardless of authenticity, have long captured the imagination of Western society. In this playfully serious investigation based on factual accounts, anecdotes, literary works, and films, Karl Guthke explores the cultural importance of those words spoken at the border between this world and the next. The exit lines of both famous and ordinary people embody for us a sense of drama and truthfulness and reveal much about our thoughts on living and dying. Why this interest in last words? Presenting statements from such figures as Socrates, Nathan Hale, Marie Antoinette, and Oscar Wilde ("I am dying as I have lived, beyond my means"), Guthke examines our fascination in terms of our need for closure, our desire for immortality, and our attraction to the mystique of death scenes. The author considers both authentic and invented final statements as he looks at the formation of symbols and legends and their function in our culture. Last words, handed down from generation to generation like cultural heirlooms, have a good chance of surviving in our collective memory. They are shown to epitomize a life, convey a sense of irony, or play to an audience, as in the case of the assassinated Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa, who is said to have died imploring journalists: "Don't let it end like this. Tell them I said something." Originally published in 1992. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

Last Words of the Holy Ghost


Author: Matt Cashion
Publisher: University of North Texas Press
ISBN: 157441612X
Category: Fiction
Page: 210
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Funny, heartbreaking, and real—these twelve stories showcase a dynamic range of voices belonging to characters who can't stop confessing. They are obsessive storytellers, disturbed professors, depressed auctioneers, gambling clergy. A fourteen-year-old boy gets baptized and speaks in tongues to win the love of a girl who ushers him into adulthood; a troubled insomniac searches the woods behind his mother's house for the "awful pretty" singing that begins each midnight; a school-system employee plans a year-end party at the site of a child's drowning; a burned-out health-care administrator retires from New England to coastal Georgia and stumbles upon a life-changing moment inside Walmart. These big-hearted people—tethered to the places that shape them—survive their daily sorrows and absurdities with well-timed laughter; they slouch toward forgiveness, and they point their ears toward the Holy Ghost's last words.

Famous Last Words


Author: Katie Alender
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
ISBN: 0545639980
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 320
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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.

Last Words


Author: George Carlin
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1439182930
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 320
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This ebook features added multimedia content: an interview with George Carlin’s daughter Kelly about life with her dad, and a tribute video with interviews with Susie Essman, Michael Ian Black, Richard Belzer, George Wendt, and Jeffrey Ross, who talk about Carlin’s incredible ability to make people laugh. One of the undisputed heavyweight champions of American comedy, with nineteen appearances on the Johnny Carson show, thirteen HBO specials, five Grammys, and a critical Supreme Court battle over censorship under his belt, George Carlin saw it all throughout his extraordinary fifty-year career, and made fun of most of it. Last Words is the story of the man behind some of the most seminal comedy of the last half century, blending his signature acerbic humor with never-before-told stories from his own life, including encounters with a Who’s Who of 1970s celebrity—from Lenny Bruce to Hugh Hefner—and the origins of some of his most famous standup routines. Carlin’s early conflicts, his long struggle with substance abuse, his turbulent relationships with his family, and his triumphs over catastrophic setbacks all fueled the unique comedic worldview he brought to the stage. From the heights of stardom to the low points few knew about, Last Words is told with the same razor-sharp wit and unblinking honesty that made Carlin one of the best-loved comedians in American history

Seven Last Words


Author: Timothy Radcliffe
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 9780860123972
Category: Religion
Page: 112
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The Seven Words from the Cross are the focus of Christian meditation through the ages. Set to music by Haydn, they epitomise the depth of Jesus's human expereience and thus speak most profoundly to the human condition. Each meditation is illustrated with a picture of Christ on the Cross. Many are old masters;some more modern. The object is to lead the reader deeply into prayer and contemplation. But there is nothing fusty about Radcliffe's text. Whatever he writes is a breath of fresh air and these meditations are modern and contemporary in their reference. There are also many autobiographical touches which make these meditations more personal. This is perfect Lent reading by a spiritual master and one of the few Christian prophets in our time.

Any Last Words?

Deathbed Quotes and Famous Farewells
Author: Joseph Hayden
Publisher: Mango Media Inc.
ISBN: 1633539911
Category: Humor
Page: 212
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Last Words of Famous and Infamous People An Insightful and humorous look into the stories behind the words. From heartwarming, to sad, to straight up quirky, Any Last Words? shares insight from the world’s most interesting figures through the lens of their final words and last moments. Adult and teen gifts for all occasions. If you’re looking for the best gifts for men and women who have everything, you can’t go wrong with the gift of fun facts, inspiration, and wisdom. The last words of some of the most important people in history are great gifts for teens, graduations, or milestone birthdays. Conversation starters and fun facts. Any Last Words? is a great addition to any collection of coffee table books or humor books. Learn and share fun facts about celebrities in the worlds of film, music, art, athletics, literature, politics and more. The quotes in Any Last Words? offer a rare glimpse into the lives of people who left their mark on the world. Any Last Words? celebrates the lives and last words of inspiring and important figures, including: • Athletes • Politicians • Musicians • Artists • Scientists • Criminals Any Last Words? is perfect for anyone who appreciates funny and weird gifts. Readers who like The Big Book of Quotes, Lend Me Your Ears, and Movie Quotes for All Occasions will find hours of entertainment in Any Last Words?: Deathbed Quotes and Famous Farewells.

Famous Last Words

Changes in Gender and Narrative Closure
Author: Alison Booth,Professor of English Alison Booth
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
ISBN: 9780813914374
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 393
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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.

Last Words of the Executed


Author: Robert K. Elder
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226202690
Category: True Crime
Page: 264
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Some beg for forgiveness. Others claim innocence. At least three cheer for their favorite football teams. Death waits for us all, but only those sentenced to death know the day and the hour—and only they can be sure that their last words will be recorded for posterity. Last Words of the Executed presents an oral history of American capital punishment, as heard from the gallows, the chair, and the gurney. The product of seven years of extensive research by journalist Robert K. Elder, the book explores the cultural value of these final statements and asks what we can learn from them. We hear from both the famous—such as Nathan Hale, Joe Hill, Ted Bundy, and John Brown—and the forgotten, and their words give us unprecedented glimpses into their lives, their crimes, and the world they inhabited. Organized by era and method of execution, these final statements range from heartfelt to horrific. Some are calls for peace or cries against injustice; others are accepting, confessional, or consoling; still others are venomous, rage-fueled diatribes. Even the chills evoked by some of these last words are brought on in part by the shared humanity we can’t ignore, their reminder that we all come to the same end, regardless of how we arrive there. Last Words of the Executed is not a political book. Rather, Elder simply asks readers to listen closely to these voices that echo history. The result is a riveting, moving testament from the darkest corners of society.

The Last Words of Dutch Schultz

A Fiction in the Form of a Film Script
Author: William S. Burroughs
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
ISBN: 9781559702119
Category: Fiction
Page: 115
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A fantastical film script of the notorious gangster's final twenty-four hours of hallucinations presents Schultz's two thousand last words spoken-acted against a background of the Palace Chop House, the hospital, and period stills

The Seven Last Words of Christ

The Message of the Cross for Today
Author: Judith Mattison
Publisher: Augsburg Books
ISBN: 9781451411836
Category: Religion
Page: 92
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Meditations on each of Jesus's seven last words, accompanied by hymns and poetry.

Last Words of Saints and Sinners

700 Final Quotes from the Famous, the Infamous, and the Inspiring Figures of History
Author: Herbert Lockyer
Publisher: Kregel Publications
ISBN: 9780825496455
Category: Religion
Page: 240
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This collection of 700 quotes includes the last words of commoners, atheists, poets, and politicians along with noted Christians and martyrs. Ready reference source for the pastor or public speaker.

The Last Words Will Be Spoken...

A Journey Into the Thoughts and Rhymes of A Poetic Mind
Author: Brandan “BStuc ThaPoet” Stuckey
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 1452025940
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 108
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"The Last Words Will Be Spoken" takes the reader on a proverbial journey from the pen and page to the mic and stage. The reader will go on an authentic adventure through real life struggles in search for the simplicities of life through the spoken words of poetry. Each piece feels fresh and encourages a challenging look within for feelings of inspiration, triumph, love, victory, and spirituality. This book not only speaks life into the lungs of poetry but it also unites the reader and artist through common stories that will give you courage to step up to the mic and let your voice be heard.

The Seven Last Words of Christ

Vocal Score
Author: Theodore Dubois
Publisher: Serenissima Music, Inc.
ISBN: 9781932419849
Category: Music
Page: 84
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Dubois' oratorio was given its premiere on Good Friday (April 19), 1867 at Eglise de la Madeleine in Paris under the composer's direction. Although first published in 1886 by Georges Hartmann of Paris, the vocal score presented here is a digitally enhanced reprint of the one first produced in 1899 by G. Schirmer of New York, with an English translation beneath the original Latin text by Theodore Baker (1851-1934). This score has been carefully reviewed, with measure numbers and rehearsal letters added. It is now completely compatible with the widely available full score and orchestral parts issued by Edwin F. Kalmus. The large (A4) size makes it particularly easy to read for choruses both at both professional and community levels."

Last Words

The Hanging of Ronald Ryan
Author: Barry Dickins
Publisher: Hardie Grant Publishing
ISBN: 1743584814
Category:
Page: 192
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