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The Greek philosopher Diogenes said that when he died his body should be tossed over the city walls for beasts to scavenge. Why should he or anyone else care what became of his corpse? In The Work of the Dead, acclaimed cultural historian Thomas Laqueur examines why humanity has universally rejected Diogenes's argument. No culture has been indifferent to mortal remains. Even in our supposedly disenchanted scientific age, the dead body still matters—for individuals, communities, and nations. A remarkably ambitious history, The Work of the Dead offers a compelling and richly detailed account of how and why the living have cared for the dead, from antiquity to the twentieth century.

The book draws on a vast range of sources—from mortuary archaeology, medical tracts, letters, songs, poems, and novels to painting and landscapes in order to recover the work that the dead do for the living: making human communities that connect the past and the future. Laqueur shows how the churchyard became the dominant resting place of the dead during the Middle Ages and why the cemetery largely supplanted it during the modern period. He traces how and why since the nineteenth century we have come to gather the names of the dead on great lists and memorials and why being buried without a name has become so disturbing. And finally, he tells how modern cremation, begun as a fantasy of stripping death of its history, ultimately failed—and how even the ashes of the victims of the Holocaust have been preserved in culture.

A fascinating chronicle of how we shape the dead and are in turn shaped by them, this is a landmark work of cultural history.

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"["The Work of the Dead"] is a remarkably supple and fascinating study, providing as it were the sociological and forensic underpinning of every ghost story ever told."--Steve Donoghue, "Open Letters Monthly"

""The Work of the Dead" is an enormous, erudite, sprawling, garrulous, exhausting and brilliant piece of work. And it never forgets that thread of 'intuition and feeling'."--"Economist"

"["The Work of the Dead"] is, quite simply, an extraordinary book. . . . [I]n short, this is the work of a great historian doing what we all do, only better: reckoning with death as we bide time until our own."--Darrin M. McMahon, "Literary Review"

One of "Flavorwire"'s 10 Best Books by Academic Publishers in 2015
One of "The Guardian"'s Best Books of 2015, selected by Alison Light
One of "Flavorwire"'s 15 Best Nonfiction Books of 2015


One of "Flavorwire"'s 10 Best Books by Academic Publishers in 2015

One of "The Guardian"'s Best Books of 2015, selected by Alison Light

One of "Flavorwire"'s 15 Best Nonfiction Books of 2015


"Laqueur s mastery of this history, and his limpid prose, make this a deeply engaging text. He renders his sentences with gorgeous profundity."--Deborah Lutz, "Times Higher Education""

"Laqueur s detailed stories enable us to see the work of the dead in action as it were, sustaining the old and forging the new. . . . Dazzling in its scope, expertly researched and crafted, "The Work of the Dead" shows us what is important about our humanity and longings. It is also a page-turner and a terrific read."--Sharon R. Kaufman, "Los Angeles Review of Books""


Winner of the 2016 PROSE Award in European & World History, Association of American Publishers

2016 Gold Medal Winner in World History, Independent Publisher Book Awards

One of "Flavorwire"'s 10 Best Books by Academic Publishers in 2015

One of "The Guardian"'s Best Books of 2015, selected by Alison Light

One of "Flavorwire"'s 15 Best Nonfiction Books of 2015


Winner of the 2016 PROSE Award in European & World History, Association of American Publishers
2016 Gold Medal Winner in World History, Independent Publisher Book Awards
One of "Flavorwire"'s 10 Best Books by Academic Publishers in 2015
One of "The Guardian"'s Best Books of 2015, selected by Alison Light
One of "Flavorwire"'s 15 Best Nonfiction Books of 2015

"Laqueur's discussion of how the cemetery supplanted the church graveyard as the chief place of interment is a masterpiece of historical investigation. Showing how a complex mix of factors--including concern with public health, the waning power of the Catholic Church, and the emergence of a belief that the place where one is buried should be a matter of personal choice--produced the shift, he describes how sites were created in which the dead were separated from the living as they had not been when they were interred in or near places of worship. With the rise of cemeteries, the dead could be remembered as individuals and buried with their families in a way that was impractical in overcrowded churchyards. Hardly a sentence in Laqueur's long book is wasted."--John Gray, New York Review of Books

"[A] sprawling meditation on mortal remains. . . . Laqueur offers an intricate historical narrative about the place the dead occupy in our lives. . . . The Work of the Dead is a methodologically bracing book."--Thomas Meaney, London Review of Books

"Laqueur effectively shows that remains of the dead matter long after they decompose . . . [and his] engaging writing style enlivens this somber subject."--Library Journal

"The product of prodigious research and a subtle and sophisticated knowledge of history, anthropology, and philosophy, The Work of the Dead is as magnificent--and mindboggling--as it is monumental."--Glenn C. Altschuler, Huffington Post

"A remarkably supple and fascinating study, providing as it were the sociological and forensic underpinning of every ghost story ever told. . . . The Work of the Dead [is] both provocative and, you should pardon the term, lively (and readers should be sure not to miss the wonderfully argumentative end notes). It'll change the way you look at being dead and buried."--Steve Donoghue, Open Letters Monthly

"Laqueur's book is a monumental undertaking, teeming with so many absorbing anecdotes and so much vivid information that it can be read either compulsively or for an hour a day, just to keep in sight of the nub of our fears and the often romantic absurdity of our hopes and superstitions. It had this reader at least imagining many cross-generational dialogues on the subject."--Gregory Day, Sydney Morning Herald

"This massive, mesmerizing work contains much that's worth pondering."--Publishers Weekly, (starred review)

"Laqueur's mastery of this history, and his limpid prose, make this a deeply engaging text. He renders his sentences with gorgeous profundity."--Deborah Lutz, Times Higher Education

"The Work of the Dead is an enormous, erudite, sprawling, garrulous, exhausting and brilliant piece of work. And it never forgets that thread of 'intuition and feeling'."--Economist

"[The Work of the Dead] is, quite simply, an extraordinary book. . . . [I]n short, this is the work of a great historian doing what we all do, only better: reckoning with death as we bide time until our own."--Darrin M. McMahon, Literary Review

"A major work of scholarship on an undiscovered country, the land of the dead, which, as it turns out, has had major implications for the living. Laqueur's book, which begins with Diogenes' claim that his dead body should be thrown over the gates for the dogs, aims to show that our care for the dead ('materially and imaginatively') marks 'the sign of our emergence from the order of nature into culture'."--Jonathan Sturgeon, Flavorwire (One of Flavorwire's Ten Best Books by Academic of 2015)

"Laqueur's detailed stories enable us to see 'the work of the dead' in action as it were, sustaining the old and forging the new. . . . Dazzling in its scope, expertly researched and crafted, The Work of the Dead shows us what is important about our humanity and longings. It is also a page-turner and a terrific read."--Sharon R. Kaufman, Los Angeles Review of Books

"After being asked what he would like to have done with his body after he died, the Greek philosopher Diogenes replied that he wanted it thrown out for animals to devour. Thousands of years later, his answer can still shock. Thomas Laqueur explains why in his sweeping history of the way humans have grappled with death--an abstract terror made concrete by the bodies that remain when the dead have passed on. Combining anthropological reflections on the cultural functions of the dead with historical investigations of the shifting ways their bodies have been treated, Laqueur uses the stubborn resistance to Diogenes' provocation to explore the world the dead left behind."--Tim Shenk, Dissent

"Poetically, powerfully sweeping across human history, Laqueur explores what the rituals of caring for the departed reveal about the living. Their story is ours; their absence shapes art and architecture, communities and civilizations. In every era and every culture, Laqueur finds the dead body imbued with meaning."--Swarthmore Bulletin

"Laqueur's venerable research all leads to one principal concluding thought, which is that while we can know logically that the human corpse is unrelated to the personality it once held, it is the most intimately connected material thing that is left of a life."--Juniper Quin, SevenPonds

"This thought-provoking tome, erudite and finely-written, seemingly encapsulates all past uttering on the dead in our fleetingly short lives."--Julie Peakman, History Today

"[An] invariably fascinating treatment of a morbid subject."--Choice

"What Laqueur has done, is one meticulously argumented stroll through time and beliefs, highly attractive in its depth and far-reachingness."--Amir Muzur, European Journal of Bioethics

Winner of the 2016 PROSE Award in European & World History, Association of American Publishers

Winner of the 2016 Stansky Book Prize, North American Conference on British Studies

Winner of the 2016 Cundill Prize in Historical Literature, McGill University

Winner of the 2016 George L. Mosse Prize, American Historical Association

2016 Gold Medal Winner in World History, Independent Publisher Book Awards

One of Flavorwire's 10 Best Books by Academic Publishers in 2015

One of The Guardian's Best Books of 2015, selected by Alison Light

One of Flavorwire's 15 Best Nonfiction Books of 2015

-Laqueur's discussion of how the cemetery supplanted the church graveyard as the chief place of interment is a masterpiece of historical investigation. Showing how a complex mix of factors--including concern with public health, the waning power of the Catholic Church, and the emergence of a belief that the place where one is buried should be a matter of personal choice--produced the shift, he describes how sites were created in which the dead were separated from the living as they had not been when they were interred in or near places of worship. With the rise of cemeteries, the dead could be remembered as individuals and buried with their families in a way that was impractical in overcrowded churchyards. Hardly a sentence in Laqueur's long book is wasted.---John Gray, New York Review of Books

-[A] sprawling meditation on mortal remains. . . . Laqueur offers an intricate historical narrative about the place the dead occupy in our lives. . . . The Work of the Dead is a methodologically bracing book.---Thomas Meaney, London Review of Books

-Laqueur effectively shows that remains of the dead matter long after they decompose . . . [and his] engaging writing style enlivens this somber subject.---Library Journal

-The product of prodigious research and a subtle and sophisticated knowledge of history, anthropology, and philosophy, The Work of the Dead is as magnificent--and mindboggling--as it is monumental.---Glenn C. Altschuler, Huffington Post

-A remarkably supple and fascinating study, providing as it were the sociological and forensic underpinning of every ghost story ever told. . . . The Work of the Dead [is] both provocative and, you should pardon the term, lively (and readers should be sure not to miss the wonderfully argumentative end notes). It'll change the way you look at being dead and buried.---Steve Donoghue, Open Letters Monthly

-Laqueur's book is a monumental undertaking, teeming with so many absorbing anecdotes and so much vivid information that it can be read either compulsively or for an hour a day, just to keep in sight of the nub of our fears and the often romantic absurdity of our hopes and superstitions. It had this reader at least imagining many cross-generational dialogues on the subject.---Gregory Day, Sydney Morning Herald

-This massive, mesmerizing work contains much that's worth pondering.---Publishers Weekly, (starred review)

-Laqueur's mastery of this history, and his limpid prose, make this a deeply engaging text. He renders his sentences with gorgeous profundity.---Deborah Lutz, Times Higher Education

-The Work of the Dead is an enormous, erudite, sprawling, garrulous, exhausting and brilliant piece of work. And it never forgets that thread of 'intuition and feeling'.---Economist

-A major work of scholarship on an undiscovered country, the land of the dead, which, as it turns out, has had major implications for the living. Laqueur's book, which begins with Diogenes' claim that his dead body should be thrown over the gates for the dogs, aims to show that our care for the dead ('materially and imaginatively') marks 'the sign of our emergence from the order of nature into culture'.---Jonathan Sturgeon, Flavorwire (One of Flavorwire's Ten Best Books by Academic of 2015)

-[The Work of the Dead] is, quite simply, an extraordinary book. . . . [I]n short, this is the work of a great historian doing what we all do, only better: reckoning with death as we bide time until our own.---Darrin M. McMahon, Literary Review

-Laqueur's detailed stories enable us to see 'the work of the dead' in action as it were, sustaining the old and forging the new. . . . Dazzling in its scope, expertly researched and crafted, The Work of the Dead shows us what is important about our humanity and longings. It is also a page-turner and a terrific read.---Sharon R. Kaufman, Los Angeles Review of Books

-After being asked what he would like to have done with his body after he died, the Greek philosopher Diogenes replied that he wanted it thrown out for animals to devour. Thousands of years later, his answer can still shock. Thomas Laqueur explains why in his sweeping history of the way humans have grappled with death--an abstract terror made concrete by the bodies that remain when the dead have passed on. Combining anthropological reflections on the cultural functions of the dead with historical investigations of the shifting ways their bodies have been treated, Laqueur uses the stubborn resistance to Diogenes' provocation to explore the world the dead left behind.---Tim Shenk, Dissent

-Poetically, powerfully sweeping across human history, Laqueur explores what the rituals of caring for the departed reveal about the living. Their story is ours; their absence shapes art and architecture, communities and civilizations. In every era and every culture, Laqueur finds the dead body imbued with meaning.---Swarthmore Bulletin

-Laqueur's venerable research all leads to one principal concluding thought, which is that while we can know logically that the human corpse is unrelated to the personality it once held, it is the most intimately connected material thing that is left of a life.---Juniper Quin, SevenPonds

-This thought-provoking tome, erudite and finely-written, seemingly encapsulates all past uttering on the dead in our fleetingly short lives.---Julie Peakman, History Today

-[An] invariably fascinating treatment of a morbid subject.---Choice

-What Laqueur has done, is one meticulously argumented stroll through time and beliefs, highly attractive in its depth and far-reachingness.---Amir Muzur, European Journal of Bioethics

"We look at the masterpiece with awe: How is it possible to do so much, to say so much about the dead in so many societies over such a broad sweep of time, even in a book as capacious as this?"---Annette Becker, American Historical Review


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