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Cranioklepty : grave robbing and the search for genius

Author: Colin Dickey
Publisher: [Denver, Colo.] : Unbridled Books, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Presents a history of cranioklepty, the desire to possess the skulls of the brilliant and famous, either for study, for sale, or for display. Includes the after-death stories of Haydn, Beethoven, Emanuel Swedenborg, Thomas Browne, and others.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Colin Dickey
ISBN: 9781932961867 1932961860
OCLC Number: 320493091
Description: 308 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Mapping the invisible --
The music lover --
"So was she, so she is now" --
The golden lyre --
"All the ferrets were set in motion" --
"The riddle-filled book of destiny" --
The new science --
Skulduggery --
The brainowner and his skull --
Fragments of a mystery --
A city of corpses --
Scientific Golgothas --
A measure of fame --
Some last pathetic quibbling --
Homo renaissancus --
Homecomings --
Rival skulls --
The ruined bridges to the past --
Hoaxes and ringers --
The end of the end of the story.
Responsibility: Colin Dickey.
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Presents a history of cranioklepty, the desire to possess the skulls of the brilliant and famous, either for study, for sale, or for display. Includes the after-death stories of Haydn, Beethoven, Emanuel Swedenborg, Thomas Browne, and others.

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