[APG Public List] history of obituaries

Richard A. Pence richardpence at pipeline.com
Mon Nov 9 15:39:29 MST 2009

Jay, there is such a book. I haven't read it, but a number of years back I 
exchanged several emails on the topic of the history of obituaries with the 
author, Janice Hume, an assistant professor of journalism at Kansas State. I 
think the title of the book is something like _The Obituary in American 
Culture_. At the time I was trying to get a fix on when obituaries started 
appearing in American newspapers. (I recall that the answer is "very 

Richard Pence

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Does anyone know of a scholarly work analyzing the history of American 
obituaries?  I have seen a review for a book that dealt primarily with obits 
of well-known people in larger cities, but I am looking for something that 
deal with obituaries of ordinary people in both big city and small town 
newspapers.  I'd like to read about when they became common, how styles 
changed over time and regional differences.  If you can recomend something 
along these lines, please let me know.  Thanks.

Jay Fonkert, CG
St. Paul, MN


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