Reading the Gravestones of Old New England

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About the Book

The graveyards of old New England hold an incredible range of poetic messages in the epitaphs etched into the gravestones, each a profound expression of emotion, culture, religion, and literature. These epitaphs are old, but their themes are timeless: mourning and faith, grief and hope, loss, and memory. This book tells the story of a years-long walk among gravestones and shares insights gained along the way. It identifies the source texts and authors chosen for these stones; interprets something of the tastes and beliefs of the people who did the choosing; offers some hypotheses on the various ways these texts were accessible to readers in remote towns and villages; gives a brief summary of the religious context of the times; and reflects on how the language and literature chosen for these epitaphs express these peoples’ conflicted and evolving attitudes towards life, death, and eternity.

About the Author(s)

John G.S. Hanson has given numerous presentations and written several articles on the subject of his epitaph research. He is an executive at an internet services company and lives in Tyringham and Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Bibliographic Details

John G.S. Hanson
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages:
Bibliographic Info: ca. 65 photos, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2021
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8545-8
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4329-8
Imprint: McFarland