The Book Of Eulogies

The Book Of Eulogies

by Phyllis Theroux


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This invaluable anthology is the first and only collection dedicated to the art of the eulogy. For the past several years, Phyllis Theroux has collected the most eloquent and moving writing commemorating a death, assessing a life, or offering solace to the bereaved. Ranging from Thomas Jefferson's magisterial eulogy for George Washington to Anna Quindlen's affectionate memorial for her grandmother; from Helen Keller's words about her dear friend Mark Twain to Adlai Stevenson's about Eleanor Roosevelt, "The Book of Eulogies" establishes that great eulogies are a celebration of remarkable lives that can illuminate, confirm, inspire, and redirect our own.
Theroux has included some of the world's most well-known tributes, such as Pericles' Funeral Oration, Jules Michelet's appreciation of Jeanne d'Arc, Victor Hugo's ringing words on the one hundredth anniversary of Voltaire's death, Cardinal Suenens's eulogy for Pope John XXIII. But most of the eulogized assembled here are eighteenth- to twentieth-century Americans, and the stories of their lives illuminate our history with a particularly intimate light. In Robert Kennedy's extemporaneous remarks upon hearing of the death of Martin Luther King, or Eugene McCarthy's tribute to his friend and colleague, Hubert Humphrey, the values, wisdom, and spirit of both the eulogized and the eulogizer are revealed.
"The Book of Eulogies" is a sourcebook for anyone who must find words of solace, understanding, and inspiration on the occasion of a beloved's death. It is also a treasury of astonishing eloquence, passion, and humanity -- a record of extraordinary lives, seen through the eyes of those who knew and loved them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501112423
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 01/10/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 380,762
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 13

Part I Public Treasures 19

Chapter 1 The Creators 21

Johann Sebastian Bach William F. Buckley Jr. 23

Ludwig van Beethoven Franz Grillparzer 25

Charlotte Bronte William Makepeace Thackeray 27

Emily Dickinson Susan Gilbert Dickinson 29

Walt Whitman Robert; Green Ingersoll 30

Rupert Brooke Sir Ian Hamilton 32

Pierre-Auguste Renoir Jean Renoir 33

William. Butler Yeats Wystan Hugh Auden 36

Flarmery O'Connor Thomas Merton 39

Wystan Hugh Auden. Hannah Arendt 42

John Hersey Bemardine Connelly 45

William Stafford Kirn R. Stafford 46

Chapter 2 A Nation's Heroes and Martyrs 5

Jeanne d'Arc Jules Michelet 53

Ulysses S. Grant Rev. Henry Ward Beecher 56

Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa Patrick Henry Pearse 59

Lawrence of Arabia Sir Winston Churchill 60

Mahatma Mohandas K. Gandhi Jawaharlal Nehru 63

Astronauts Virgil Grissom, Edward White, and Roger Chaffee Eric Sevareid 65

Yitzhak Rabin Noa Ben-Artzi Philosof 66

Chapter 3 Public Servants 69

George Washington Thomas Jefferson 71

Thomas Jefferson Nicholas Biddie 74

Abraham Lincoln Carl Sandburg 76

John Fitzgerald Kennedy Sean Quinlan 80

Adlai Ewing Stevenson Richard N. Goodwin 83

Sen. Hubert: Horatio Humphrey Eugene J. McCarthy 85

Chapter 4 Reformers and Renegades 89

Henry David Thoreau Ralph Waldo Emerson 93

John Peter Altgeld Clarence S. Darrow 95

Eugene Victor Debs Heywood Campbell Broun 98

Jane Addams Christian Century Editorial 101

Eleanor Roosevelt Adlai Ewing Stevenson 102

John XXIII Leon Joseph Cardinal Suenens 104

Martin Buber New York Times Editorial 108

Robert F. Kennedy David Murray 109

Bishop James Albert Pike William Stringfellow 111

Dorothy Day Jim Forest 115

Cesar Estrada Chavez Peter Matthiessen 118

Jessica Mitford Molly Ivins 121

Chapter 5 Warriors in the African-American Story 125

Daniel Webster Rev. Theodore Parker 127

John Brown John H. Finley 131

Abraham Lincoln Frederick Douglass 134

Charles Sumner Joseph H. Rainey 141

Burghardt Du Bois W. E. B. Du Bow 143

The Martyred Children of Birmingham Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 146

James Chaney Fannie Lee Chaney 149

Malcolm X. Qssie Davis 150

Rev. James J. Reeb Robert A. Reed 152

Rev. Or, Martin Luther King Robert F. Kennedy 156

Vernon E. Jordan Sr. Vernon E. Jordan Jr. 158

James Baldwin William Styron 160

Arthur Robert Ashe by New York Times Editorial 163

Marian Anderson by New York Times Editorial 164

Chapter 6 A Nation's Dead 167

Pericles' Funeral Oration 169

Lincoln's Gettysburg Address 171

Memorial Tablet Kemal Pasha Atatürk 172

A Valedictory to the Unknown Soldiers of World War II James O'Neill Jr. 173

Days of Remembrance Elie Wiesel 175

Chapter 7 The Eulogy as Social Commentary 179

Queen Anne of England by Sarah, Duchess of Marlboro 181

Voltaire Victor Hugo 183

Rev. Henry Ward Beecher Sinclair Lewis 188

William Jennings Bryan H. L. Mencken 190

Nadezhda Mandelstam Joseph Brodsky 193

Marilyn Monroe Diana Trilling 198

Chapter 8 Death Be Not Solemn 211

Riley Grannan William Herman Knickerbocker 213

Ambrose Bierce Florence King 215

Minnie Marx Alexander Woollcott 217

Sister Beatrice of Jesus, OCD, by Sister Robin Stratton, OCD 219

Part II Private Lives 223

Chapter 9 Parents 225

Laurie Lee on His Mother, Annie Lee 227

Richard Selzer on His Mother, Gertrude Selzer 228

Beisy MeCully Cooper on Her Mother, Eloise McCully Simmons 232

Charles Trueheart on His Father, William C. Trueheart 234

Michael Saltz on His Father, Jerome Saltz 236

Julie Houston on Her Mother, Rutheda Hunt d'Alton 218

Marie Harris on Her Mother, Mane Murray Harris 241

A Eulogy to My Unknown Father Ross Ordaz 542

Catharine A. MacKinnon on Her Father, George E. MacKinnon 244

David. R. Cook on His Mother, Nelle Reed Cook 247

Chapter 10 Children 249

Susy Clemens Mark Twain 251

Mary White William Allen White 253

Peter Benjamin Weisman Mary-Lou Weisman 257

John Conrad Jr. John Conrad Sr. 260

Chapter 11 Brothers and Others 265

Clark Ingersoll Robert Green Ingersoll 267

Alice Lee Roosevelt Theodore Roosevelt 268

Amy Catherine Wells H. Q. Wells 269

Kitty O Donnell Quindlen Anna Quindlen 271

Roberta Marget Schultz Madeline Marget 274

Francs Xavier Gallagher Father Joseph Gallagher 277

Chapter 12 Such Good Friends 279

James Ferrier Robert Louis Stevenson 281

Mark Twain Helen Keller 284

Maj. Robert Gregory William Butler Yeats 286

Anne Sullivan Macy Alexander Woollcott 287

Edward R Ricketts John Steinbeck 292

James Agee John Huston 295

H. L Mencken William Manchester 296

Nance MacDonald Mary McGrory 298

Lewis B. Puller Jr. Sen. Bob Kerrey 301

Elizabeth Lyngdoh Albert Pingree 304

Chapter 13 Animal Loves 307

Old Drum George Graham Vest 309

Calvin Charles Dudley Warner 311

Daisy E. B. White 315

Coco by Vineyard Gazette Editorial 317

Part III Words of Consolation 319

Chapter 14 What Death Means 321

Buddha 323

Plata 324

Sir Francis Bacon 325

Henry David Thoreau 326

Kahlil Gibran 328

Henry Scott Holland 329

Rev. Henry Van Dyke 330

Thornton Wilder 331

Helen Keller 332

Florida Scott-Maxwell 332

Chapter 15 'Grief Defined 335

On Sorrow Henry James 335

On Overcoming Suffering Katharine Mansfield 337

The Living Are Defined by Whom They Have Lost Anna Quindlen 338

Grief Julius Lester 340

Mothers Who Have Lost a Child Erma Bombeck 342

Alex's Death Rev, William Sloane Coffin 344

Chapter 16 Letters Of Condolence 349

Dr. Samuel Johnson 349

Benjamin Franklin 350

William Blake 350

James Russell Lowell 351

Emily Dickinson 352

Abraham Lincoln 353

Robert Louis Stevenson 354

Ambrose Bierce 355

William Dean Howells 355

Sir Walter Raleigh 356

George Bernard Shaw 356

T. E. Shaw (Lawrence of Arabia) 357

George Santayana 358

F. Scott Fitzgerald 359

Albert Einstein 360

Ernest Hemingway 360

Thornton Wilder 361

Rabbi Schlager 362

Henry Miller 363

William Maxwell 363

The Cornell Family 564

Robert Williams 365

Katherine Sprinkel 366

Chapter 17 Poetry 367

After Great Pain, a Formal Feeling Comes Emily Dickinson 367

Musee des Beaux Arts Wystan Hugh Auden 368

Dirge Without Music Edna St. Vincent Millay 369

From Aniony and Cleopatra William Shakespeare 370

On My First Sonne Ben Jonson 370

Epitaph on Elizabeth L. H. Ben Jonson 371

She Dwelt Among the Untrodden Ways William Wordsworth 371

Break, Break, Break Alfred Lord Tennyson 372

Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night Dylan Thomas 373

My Grandmother in the Stars Naomi Shihab Nye 374

Catullus' Ode to His Brother 375

Sweet Brother, If I Do Not Sleep, Thomas Merton 375

To the Memory of Arthur Greeves C. S. Lewis 377

We'll Go No More A-Roving, George Gordon Lord Byron 377

The Soldier Rupert Brooke 378

Of All This Numerous Progeny, John Dry den. 379

I Think Continually of Those Who Were Truly Great Sir Stephen Spender 379

Death, Be Not Proud John Donne 380

Be Ahead of All Parting Rainer Maria RUke 381

You Will Never Be Alone William Stafford 382

Flesh of My Flesh Barbara Boggs Sigmund 383

From "Song of Myself" Walt Whitman 385

Don't Grieve Rumi 386

From "A Dialogue of Self and Soul" William Butler Yeats 387

God's Grandeur Gerard Manley Hopkins 388

From "Vacillation" William Butler Vests 389

Credits 391

Index 397

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