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Gone Home: Southern Folk Gravestone Art [Paperback]

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Pages   132
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.9" Width: 7.08" Height: 0.34"
Weight:   0.64 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 30, 2004
Publisher   NewSouth Books
ISBN  1588381161  
EAN  9781588381163  

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Four decades ago, folklorists Jack and Olivia Solomon began documenting Southern cemeteries, recording the names, lives and epitaphs of thousands of the deceased. The volume they now share with us is not a Book of the Dead, but a Book of Life. In these pages are recorded the sorrow for a lost child, the anger over the murder of a brother, the strengths of an admired civic leader, the life of a beloved preacher, the character of a stalwart soldier, as well as the grief for a mother, a father, a son, a daughter, a wife, a husband. Many of these epitaphs console and give promise of a "better home over yonder." Others remind one of the shortness of life and the surety of death. As in life, there is wit--the humor of a wife who reminds her spouse, "I told you I was sick "--and profundity--the laconic remark, "She hath done what she could." The book also discusses historical precedents for epitaphs, different types of epitaphs, gravestone writings as folk literature, gravestones as architecture/sculpture, and the lettering of epitaphs.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jack Solomon, a professor of English at California State University, Northridge, teaches literature and critical theory and is often interviewed by the California media for analysis of current events and trends in the state.

Jack Solomon currently resides in the state of Alabama. Jack Solomon was born in 1927 and has an academic affiliation as follows - California State University, Northridge.

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Deceiving Title  Jun 3, 2008
I don't think I've ever given such a bad review before, but this is horrible and not worth your time or money. Although the cover looks very professional, don't be fooled. This is a couple's ideas on cemetery inscriptions, most of which can't be backed up and seems pompous as well as being either wrong, or so simple that it need not be mentioned. And the book has almost nothing to do with "Art" or "Folk Art", but is a collection of some of their favorite inscriptions in a 3 county area in Alabama. So the Title "Gone Home: Southern Folk Gravestone Art" is practically a lie. The insides of the book feel more like one of those cookbooks your church or school use to put together to raise money, rather than what the lovely cover would have you believe. A significant portion of the book are the poorly calligraphied copies of some of those inscriptions that the authors so enjoyed, most of which were dull and mundane, and added nothing to the reader's understanding of the past. And the writing style of the book is atrocious, trite and affected. Wow, what a waste of a perfectly great idea.
Great book,except for the text  Mar 20, 2008
In"Gone Home;Southern Folk Gravestone Art"authors Jack & Olivia Solomon present us with a wide array of interesting epitapths,and photographer Suzannah Solomon adds to the work with some fairly nice pictures...If only the whole book was just gravestone epitaphs and photographs..Alas,this is not the case..the authors Solomon have added several dozen pages of "expert"mumbo-jumbo concerning thier "expert"view on grave symbols,thier meaning,thier origins,and whatnot...
While certain symbols are undoubtedly universal,the way in which these symbols are used and/or the meanings they have for individuals differs from area to area,from culture to culture...Oftentimes symbols appear on a headstone at the direct request of a survivor,but just as often they appear on the whim of the stonemason,or come pre-carved..
One branch of my family came from Italy,and among that branch was a stonemason who did much cemetery work prior to 1950...Before he himself died he told me some of the stories related to his work..Angels often were merely carvings of his wife or children with wings attached,the wings being accepted as being part and parcel of what an agel was expected to look like..symbols that appeared on many of his carved headstones did so because he found them easy to carve and/or they were favorite devices of his,and not because they necessarily had any folkish value,or followed any pre-concieved notions about community values ,expectations,or iconography..Further,he said that this viewpoint,these habits,were widespread amongst stonemasons of his generation,who more often than not were trying to impart something of themselves and/or thier families into permanenece rather than observing any widespread folkish tradition,as the Solomons would have us believe..
All in all this volume would have been a lot better if the Solomons had dispensed with thier "expert"opinions and just let the stones speak for themselves.

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