Gone Home

Southern Folk Gravestone Art

Jack Solomon and Olivia Solomon

Photographs by Suzanne Solomon

Title Details

Pages: 132

Trim size: 7.000in x 10.000in

Formats

Paperback

Pub Date: 08/01/2004

ISBN: 9-781-5883-8116-3

List Price: $19.95

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Gone Home

Southern Folk Gravestone Art

Jack Solomon and Olivia Solomon

Photographs by Suzanne Solomon

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  • Description
Four decades ago, folklorists Jack and Olivia Solomon began documenting Southern cemeteries, recording the names, lives, and epitaphs of thousands of the deceased. The volume they now share with us is not a Book of the Dead, but a Book of Life. The Solomons reveal here their love and respect for the “final resting places” of this world. In these pages are recorded the sorrow for a lost child, the anger over the murder of a brother, the strengths of an admired civic leader, the life of a beloved preacher, the character of a stalwart soldier, as well as the grief for a mother, a father, a son, a daughter, a wife, a husband. Many of these epitaphs console and give promise of a “better home over yonder.” Others remind one of the shortness of life and the surety of death. As in life, there is wit—the humor of a wife who reminds her spouse, “I told you I was sick!”—and profundity—the laconic remark, “She hath done what she could.” The book also discusses historical precedents for Alabama epitaphs, different types of epitaphs, gravestone writings as folk literature, gravestones as architecture/sculpture, and the lettering of epitaphs.

About the Author/Editor

Jack Solomon (Author)
JACK SOLOMON is Folklorist-in-Residence at Central Alabama Community College and a retired college teacher. He is coauthor, with Olivia Solomon, of such books as Cracklin Bread and Asfidity, Zackary Zan, Sweet Bunch of Daisies, and Honey in the Rock.

Olivia Solomon (Author)
OLIVIA SOLOMON is a folklorist and creative writer. She is coauthor, with Jack Solomon, of such books as Cracklin Bread and Asfidity, Zackary Zan, Sweet Bunch of Daisies, and Honey in the Rock.