The Book Of Eulogies (Hardcover)
Scribner, 9780684822518, 400pp.
Publication Date: May 30, 1997
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.
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Praise For The Book Of Eulogies…
author of Care of the Soul and The Education of the Heart
I now understand why some anthologies are called treasures and described as golden. Phyllis Theroux has created a book of such deep sentiment and beauty of language that it is truly a golden treasury, a volume worth keeping for a lifetime. It offers an education in humanity, civility, friendship, and the beauty of words.
M. Scott Peck, M.D.
author of The Road Less Traveled and Denial of the Soul
An anthology of eulogies: What a marvelous concept, and brilliant in execution! Makes history come wonderfully alive. Belongs in every school and home library. I loved it.
You need this book. It will absorb you, instruct you, touch you, and serve as a lifelong source of inspiration and consolation.
ABC News/National Public Radio
This wonderful book teaches us a great deal -- about history, about courage, about writing. But most of all, in reading about the parts of a life eulogists choose to remember and recount, we learn a great deal about living a well-lived life.