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Last words : variations on a theme in cultural history

Author: Karl Siegfried Guthke
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Whether Goethe actually cried "More light!" on his deathbed, or whether Conrad Hilton checked out of this world after uttering "Leave the shower curtain on the inside of the tub," last words, regardless of authenticity, have long captured the imagination of Western society. In this playfully serious investigation based on factual accounts, anecdotes, literary works, and films, Karl S. Guthke explores the cultural  Read more...
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Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Karl Siegfried Guthke
ISBN: 0691056889 9780691056883
OCLC Number: 25787995
Notes: "Revised, expanded, and translated by the author."
Description: ix, 250 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Other Titles: Letzte Worte.
Responsibility: Karl S. Guthke.
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