From Library Journal
This work offers more than the title indicates. The names of the famous are listed alphabetically, with sequential index numbers followed by birth and death dates, primary occupation or position, and accomplishments, including major publications and creative endeavors. Noteworthy stories or facts on the nature or cause of death may also be given. The location of each subject's remains is provided by cemetery, city, state, and, in some cases, lot number; if he or she was cremated, the disposition of the ashes is indicated. Despite the book's macabre nature, the narrative is lively and serves as a good, brief biographical resource. Wilson, who has long had an interest in U.S. history, cemeteries, and genealogy, does not indicate criteria for inclusion but concentrates on "persons in the arts who are situated on the West and East coasts of the United States, and in England and France." Also included are many easily recognized professional sports and political figures. Examples of the diverse coverage include listings for Donald DeFreeze (a.k.a. Cinque) and members of the Symbionese Liberation Army who abducted Patricia Hearst and were shot by police; the Marlboro Man (two actors who both died of lung cancer); and the location of former President George Bush's future internment on the grounds of his Presidential Library in College Station, TX. There are at least a half-dozen other sources devoted to where the famous are buried, some less serious than this work. One of the more comprehensive isArthur S. Koykka's Project Remember (LJ 8/86), a comparable work that includes 5300 entries (vs. Resting Place's 7000) and emphasizes 20th-century persons arranged by field of endeavor. Resting Places includes an extensive bibliography of individual biographies and biographical reference sources, other burial references, and even some web sites. A burial-place index by city and cemetery referring to index numbers rounds out this well-formatted and easily accessible resource. Suitable for academic and public libraries. Stanley P. Hodge, formerly with Ball State Univ. Lib., Muncie, IN
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covers more than 7,000 persons from political, military, and cultural history, including the notorious and scandalous. Emphasis is on "persons in the arts who are situated on the West and East coasts of the United States and in England and France," but one also finds entries for Eldridge Cleaver, Pocahontas, Richard III, Babe Ruth, Joseph Valachi, and Antonio Vivaldi. Arrangement is alphabetical by person's name, and in many instances entries provide one or two paragraphs of biography. Each entry ends with the place of interment (including grave lot number) or information on how the remains were dispersed. In some cases there are details about grave inscriptions, legends, and regular visitors, such as the unknown person who marks Edgar Allan Poe's birthday by leaving a flower and a bottle of wine at his grave. The volume concludes with a bibliography of resources and an index that interfiles persons and place-names and refers the reader to the numbered entries.
This is not a necessary purchase but make for interesting reading and might be useful additions to the trivia collection. A good online source is [http://www.findagrave.com]. RBB
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