Dead certainties: unwarranted speculations

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 1991 - Biography & Autobiography - 333 pages
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Like hisThe Embarrassment of Richesand the bestsellingCitizens, Simon Schama's latest book is both history and literature of immense stylishness and ambition. ButDead Certaintiesgoes beyond these more conventional histories to address the deeper enigmas that confront a student of the past. In order to do so, Schama reconstructs -- and at times reinvents -- two ambiguous deaths: the first, that of General James Wolfe at the battle of Quebec in 1759; the second, in 1849, that of George Parkman, an eccentric Boston brahmin whose murder by an impecunious Harvard professor in 1849 was a grisly reproach to the moral sanctity of his society. Out of these stories -- with all of their bizarre coincidences and contradictions -- Schama creates a dazzling and supremely vital work of historical imagination. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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DEAD CERTAINTIES: Unwarranted Speculations

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Here Schama (Citizens, 1989, etc.; History/Harvard) compellingly re-creates two historic deaths, both linked to the Parkman dynasty of Boston, by these contrasting re-creations and explores "the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Othemts - LibraryThing

Schama writes an imaginative and illuminating history of two historical events: The death of General Wolfe in the Seven Years War and how it's perceived in popular culture and the murder of George ... Read full review

Contents

Two Death of a Harvard
71
The Pedestrian
89
The janitor
115
Copyright

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About the author (1991)

Simon Schama is the prize-winning author of seven acclaimed books. An art critic and essayist
for The New Yorker, he also writes and presents documentaries for BBC television. He is University Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University and lives outside New York City.


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