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作       者:Robert McG. Thomas

出  版  社:Scribner

出版时间:2002-03-04

字       数:24.3万

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Among his devoted fans, his pieces were known simply as McGs. With a "genius for illuminating that sometimes ephemeral apogee in people's lives when they prove capable of generating a brightly burning spark" (Columbia Journalism Review), Robert McG. Thomas Jr. commemorated fascinating, unconventional lives with signature style and wit. The New York Times received countless letters over the years from readers moved to tears or laughter by a McG. Eschewing traditionally famous subjects, Thomas favored unsung heroes, eccentrics, and underachievers, including: Edward Lowe, the inventor of Kitty Litter ("Cat Owner's Best Friend"); Angelo Zuccotti, the bouncer at El Morocco ("Artist of the Velvet Rope"); and Kay Halle, a glamorous Cleveland department store heiress who received sixty-four marriage proposals ("An Intimate of Century's Giants"). In one of his classic obituaries, Thomas described Anton Rosenberg as a "storied sometime artist and occasional musician who embodied the Greenwich Village hipster ideal of 1950's cool to such a laid-back degree and with such determined detachment that he never amounted to much of anything." Thomas captured life's ironies and defining moments with elegance and a gift for making a sentence sing. He had an uncanny sense of the passion and personality that make each life unique, and the ability, as Joseph Epstein wrote, to "look beyond the facts and the rigid formula of the obit to touch on a deeper truth." Compiled by Chris Calhoun, one of Thomas's most dedicated readers, and with a fittingly sharp introduction from acclaimed novelist and critic Thomas Mallon, 52 McGs. will win legions of new fans to the masterful writer who transformed the obituary into an art form.
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Cover

Colophon

Title Page

Dedication

Copyright

Contents

Foreward

Editor’s Note

Chapter 1: Daisy Anderson, 97, Widow of Former Slave and Union Soldier

Chapter 2: Lewis J. Gorin Jr., Instigator of a 1930’s Craze, Dies at 84

Chapter 3: Ted Hustead is Dead at 96; Built the Popular Wall Drug

Chapter 4: Jesse Hill Ford, 66, a Novelist Who Wrote of Race Relations

Chapter 5: Anne Hummert, 91, Dies; Creator of Soap Operas

Chapter 6: Milton Rubincam, Top Genealogist, Dies at 88

Chapter 7: Mason Rankin, 56, Is Dead; Founded AIDS Group in Utah

Chapter 8: John Fulton Is Dead at 65; Spain’s First U.S. Matador

Chapter 9: Virginia Mae Morrow Dies at 70; Created Bridey Murphy Hoopla

Chapter 10: Hal Lipset, Private Detective with a Difference, Dies at 78

Chapter 11: R. V. Patwardhan, Hindu Priest with New York Verve, Dies at 79

Chapter 12: Sidney Grossman, 91; Entrepreneur Headed Lumber Concern

Chapter 13: Curtis L. Carlson, 84, Founder of Trading Stamp Conglomerate

Chapter 14: Minnesota Fats, a Real Hustler with a Pool Cue, Is Dead

Chapter 15: J. K. Stout, Pioneering Judge in Pennsylvania, Is Dead at 79

Chapter 16: Sidney Korshak, 88, Dies; Fabled Fixer for the Chicago Mob

Chapter 17: Francine Katzenbogen, 51; Gave Cats the Lap of Luxury

Chapter 18: Nguyen Ngoc Loan, 67, Dies; Executed viet Cong Prisoner

Chapter 19: Jack Biblo, Used Bookseller for Half a Century, Dies at 91

Chapter 20: Kay Halle, 93, an Intimate of Century’s Giants

Chapter 21: Hallie C. Stillwell, a Rancher and Texas Legend, Dies at 99

Chapter 22: Marshall Berger, 77, Linguist with a Keen Ear For an Accent

Chapter 23: Philip O’Connor, 81, Acerbic Memoirist, Dies

Chapter 24: Toots Barger, 85, The Queen of Duckpins’ Wobbly World

Chapter 25: Edgar Nollner, 94, Dies; Hero in Epidemic

Chapter 26: Marguerite Young, 87, Author and Icon, Dies

Chapter 27: Rev. Louis Saunders, 88, Dies; Buried Oswald

Chapter 28: Douglas Corrigan, 88, Dies; Wrong-Way Trip Was the Right Way to Celebrity as an Aviator

Chapter 29: Anton Rosenberg, a Hipster Ideal, Dies at 71

Chapter 30: Edward Lowe, Cat Owners’ Best Friend

Chapter 31: Maurice Sagoff, 88, a Master of Terse Verses on Literature

Chapter 32: Robert Saudek Is Dead at 85, a Pioneer of Culture on TV

Chapter 33: Fred Rosenstiel, 83, Devoted His Life to Planting Flowers

Chapter 34: Sydney Guilaroff, 89, Stylist to Stars, Is Dead

Chapter 35: Emil Sitka, Favorite Foil of Three Stooges, Dies at 83

Chapter 36: Fred Feldman, Helicopter Reporter, Dies at 63

Chapter 37: Frank Kurtz, 85, World War II Hero, Dies

Chapter 38: J. Edward Day, 82, Postmaster Who Brought in the ZIP Code

Chapter 39: Maria Reiche, 95, Keeper of an Ancient Peruvian Puzzle, Dies

Chapter 40: Walter J. Kuron, of Red Baron Era, Dies at 102

Chapter 41: Charles McCartney, Known for Travels with Goats, Dies at 97

Chapter 42: Robert C. Johnston, Engineer, Is Dead at 85

Chapter 43: Angelo Zuccotti, 89, Artist of the Velvet Rope

Chapter 44: Patsy Southgate, Who Inspired 50’s Literary Paris, Dies at 70

Chapter 45: Henry Gourdine Dies at 94; Master of Fishing Skills and Lore

Chapter 46: George W. Crockett Dies at 88; Was a Civil Rights Crusader

Chapter 47: David Longaberger, Basket Maker, Dies at 64

Chapter 48: Manuel Elizalde, 60, Dies; Defender of Primitive Tribe

Chapter 49: David Ludlum, Weather Expert, Dies at 86

Chapter 50: Howard Higman, Academic Impresario, Dies at 80

Chapter 51: Sadler Hayes, 86, Salesman of Insurance and a Partygoer

Chapter 52: Mary Bancroft Dead at 93; U.S. Spy in World War II

Chapter 53: Robert McG. Thomas Jr., 60, Chronicler of Unsung Lives

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