fame http://wamc.org en "Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses" by Bess Lovejoy http://wamc.org/post/rest-pieces-curious-fates-famous-corpses-bess-lovejoy <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It has been said that in the long run, we are all dead.</span></p><p>But for some of the most influential figures in history, death marked the start of a new adventure. The famous deceased have been stolen, burned, sold, pickled, frozen, stuffed, impersonated, and even filed away in a lawyer’s office.</p><p>Counterfeiters tried to steal Lincoln’s corpse. Einstein’s brain went on a cross-country road trip. And after Lord Horatio Nelson perished at Trafalgar, his sailors submerged him in brandy—which they drank.</p><p>From Mozart to Hitler, <em>Rest in Pieces</em> is a book that connects the lives of the famous dead to the hilarious and horrifying adventures of their corpses, and traces the evolution of cultural attitudes toward death. Bess Lovejoy is a writer, researcher, and editor based in Seattle.</p><p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 59864 at http://wamc.org "Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses" by Bess Lovejoy