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Dr. Seuss

Posted in Cremated with tags , on February 7, 2017 by Cade

seuss1March 2, 1904 – September 24, 1991

Theodor Seuss Geisel…was a writer of books.
And he wrote of wubwuzzles and bumblers and jooks.
Fancy made-up creations with stars and striped hats.
There were cats in those hats and little Who acrobats.
He made foxes in sockses, a grinch and a turtle.
With names like the Lorax and Horton and Yertle.
Fish of all colors and beetles that battled
In puddles in bottles on poodles with paddles.
Dr. Seuss gave us oodles of tales to adore.
And he made ham and eggs much more green than before.
More than 70 works, beloved and clever.
A talent so rare, it should go on forever.
Except when it can’t.
Because, sometimes, cancer.

Burial

Cremated – Dr. Seuss was cremated and his ashes were scattered. There is a memorial garden replete with statues of his famous characters in his native Springfield, MA.

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Arthur Miller

Posted in Central Cemetery (CT) with tags , , on May 31, 2016 by Cade

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October 17, 1915 – February 10, 2005

Perhaps one of the most influential and prolific playwrights in American history, Arthur Miller explored themes such as family relationships, personal legacy and social responsibility in his plays – all set against the backdrop of the individual vs. society at-large. The masterpieces within his body of work look like a one-man anthology of the greatest American Dramas ever written:

Death of a Salesman
All My Sons
A View from the Bridge
The Crucible

Miller’s ability to convey the day-to-day in such stark and oftentimes bleak perfection, set a definitive tone for his impact on the American stage/screen. He drew on real life scenarios (see the anti-Communist investigation of the 1950’s and its direct impact on The Crucible), and deep realism to complete more than 30 plays. In addition to his obvious work in theatre, he also wrote screenplays for a handful of movies. His most notable not-previously-a-play screenplay was for 1961’s The Misfits, starring his then wife, Marilyn Monroe, Montgomery Clift and Clark Gable which was based on a novella he had written in 1957. In all, Miller wrote for more than 7 decades. In 2005, at the age of 89, Arthur Miller died of heart failure in hospice care at his home. He was buried alongside his third wife, photgrapher Inge Morath, in the small town of Roxbury, CT, where he had lived for nearly half a century.

Burial

Roxbury Central Cemetery – Roxbury, CT

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Specific Location

Enter the sparsely-populated NEW section of the cemetery – just about 1/4 mile north on 67 from the old cemetery – and take the first right. Stop immediately and Arthur’s grave is on your left, about 3 rows in, behind an Irish Cross marker and a marker with the name COLE on it.

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Harriet Beecher Stowe

Posted in Phillips Academy Cemetery with tags , on August 17, 2015 by Cade

stowe2June 14, 1811 – July 1, 1896

Harriet Beecher was a very well-educated writer from a very religious family who wrote dozens of books. But, none are as well-known or had as much of an impact as her landmark 1852 work, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Originally produced as a serial for the abolitionist newspaper, The National Era, the story’s popularity (and accompanying controversy) demanded it be released in novel form. Cabin‘s depiction of the daily, oppressed life of slaves in America both enrapt a sympathetic people in the North and enraged Southerners whose very way of life depended on the slaves Stowe portrayed. The book sold outrageous amounts of copies.

During the Civil War, Stowe was invited to speak with President Lincoln in Washington D.C. After the war, she turned her sites on women’s rights. And she continued writing. She lived the last years of her life next to Mark Twain in Hartford, CT. and died at the age of 85 after a long bout of “mental decay” that many now speculate was Alzheimer’s disease.

Burial

Phillips Academy Cemetery – Andover, MA

Specific Location

Enter the small cemetery from Chapel Ave. and walk up (south) the central “road.” Harriet’s large, reddish cross marker is on your left just past halfway up.

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James Fenimore Cooper

Posted in Christ Churchyard (NY) with tags , on July 20, 2015 by Cade

cooper1September 15, 1789 – September 14, 1851

James Fenimore Cooper was one of the most popular American writers of the 19th century. His quasi-Romantic  writings tended toward the political especially in the sphere of Post-Revolutionary land rights and Native American relations. This is more than evident in his 5 novel series, the Leatherstocking Tales (which includes his masterwork, 1826’s The Last of the Mohicans.) Groundbreaking for the time, these stories were the first of their kind to feature Native American characters to the degree they did – for better AND worse. Aside from the adventures of Natty Bumppo and the Indians, Cooper also devoted a good amount of ink toward military history…specifically the U.S. Navy, in which he served as a young man. All in all, history and critics were, and remain, divided on Cooper’s style and content. Contemporaries like Balzac and Thoreau admired him. Mark Twain hated him. What are ya gonna do?

In the end, Cooper, like everyone else in this blog, died (just one day short of his 62nd birthday.) He lived out the last years of his life and was buried in Cooperstown, New York…a town founded by his father.

Burial

Christ Churchyard – Cooperstown NY

Specific Location

From the northern edge of the cemetery on Church St., there is an entire section filled with Cooperstown Coopers. James and his wife are in this section at the end of a small path leading from the chapel.

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L.M. Montgomery

Posted in Cavendish Cemetery with tags , on August 3, 2014 by Cade

montgomery1November 30, 1874 – April 24, 1942

How much power and influence can one woman have? In Lucy Maud Montgomery’s case, enough to single-handedly transform a 19th Century idyllic seaside farm town into the Canadian version of Branson, Missouri – complete with amusement parks, go-karts and a Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Thanks to Montgomery’s classic “Anne of Green Gables” book series, the titular house and the surrounding area have become Prince Edward Island’s top tourist attraction and stand in stark contrast to the rest of the still-mostly-rural island province.

Montgomery worked as a teacher early in her career and used the opportunity to write. And write, she did. In all, she penned 20 novels and hundreds of short stories and poems. But, it was the precocious little red head, Anne, that would remain her most memorable work. She remains a provincial hero and legend to this day…despite the consequential water parks and poutine stands.

Burial

Cavendish Cemetery – Cavendish, PE, CANADA

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In case you had any question as to whether this is the right place.

Specific Location

Just a few yards from the northeast corner of the cemetery, Maud’s grave is well marked with flowers and signage. There is even a paved path from the entrance of the cemetery to her resting place.

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Honoré de Balzac

Posted in Père Lachaise Cemetery with tags , on April 2, 2014 by Cade

balzac1May 20, 1799 – August 18, 1850

A noted pioneer of the Realist movement in European literature, Honoré de Balzac was a highly influential novelist and playwright. Balzac’s work was known for its flawed characters and minute detail that outlined life in his native France (specifically, Paris) in the time after Napoleon. The energy that drove his characters and stories wasn’t just creation. The man, himself, lived life at a torrid pace. Many of his finished novels and plays are the result of meticulous – borderline obsessive – revision and gallons upon gallons of coffee. In the end, he created a body of work that directly inspired titanic writers like Proust, Dickens, Dostoyevsky and Faulkner. Later in life, Balzac married a woman who had written him an anonymous critical letter. He sought her out, began a relationship and the two were eventually married. Five months into the marriage, Balzac died suddenly at the age of 51. His funeral was attended by “every writer in Paris” and he was eulogized by friend and contemporary, Victor Hugo.

Burial

Père Lachaise Cemetery – Paris, FRANCE

Specific Location

Division 48, #1; Along the northwest side of Chemin C. Delavigne.

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Posted in Mt. Auburn Cemetery with tags , on February 28, 2014 by Cade

longfellow1February 27, 1807 – March 24, 1882

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was a popular American Romantic poet whose lyrical poems often depicted historic or mythological narratives. Perhaps his most famous work is “Paul Revere’s Ride.”

Longfellow was born in Portland, ME and attended Bowdoin College. He spent many years abroad in Europe and learned a number of languages. This would lead to him becoming one of the more important translators of the 19th Century. In fact, he was the first American to translate Dante’s Divine Comedy. Though his works were met with popular success, his life was filled with tragedy. Both of his wives died young and tragically. After his second wife’s death, he struggled with depression and constantly feared for his own mental state. He spent the last half of his life in Cambridge, MA where he taught at Harvard and continued to write. He died of a stomach ailment at the age of 75. At the time of his death he was translating the works of Italian artist/poet Michelangelo.

Burial

Mt. Auburn Cemetery – Cambridge, MA

Specific Location

Indian Ridge Path; Walk up Lilac Path from the bend in Willow Ave. to Indian Ridge Path, take it to the left (northwest) and Longfellow’s tomb is just past the intersection with Catalpa Path on your right.

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William S. Burroughs

Posted in Bellefontaine Cemetery with tags , , on December 26, 2013 by Cade

burroughs1February 5, 1914 – August 2, 1997

William Seward Burroughs II was a highly influential and controversial American writer of novels, essays, short stories and poems. His love of subversion and satire coupled with his outlandish personal experiences made him one of the more colorful and unique voices of the 20th Century. A prominent member/founder of the Beat movement, his most famous works include Naked Lunch, Junkie and Queer. Burroughs was well involved with fellow Beats Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, at times living with one or the other in various New York and Paris locales. He was also big into drugs. Like heavy, heroin and morphine-type drugs. His addictions added to the semi-autobiographical nature of his writing and, pretty directly, to the 1951 accidental shooting death of his wife in Mexico during an intoxicated round of “William Tell.” Good times. Burroughs continued to write throughout his life. He spent the last years of his life in Lawrence, Kansas where he died at the age of 83 from a heart attack.

Burial

Bellefontaine Cemetery – St. Louis, MO

Specific Location

Block 37; On the east side of the intersection of Lake Ave. and Vale Ave. Right near the road.

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Oscar Wilde

Posted in Père Lachaise Cemetery with tags , on October 26, 2013 by Cade

wilde1October 16, 1854 – November 30, 1900

Ever hear the term “The Gay Nineties”? Well, the British counterpart to the American decade of decadence at the end of the 19th century was deemed the “Naughty Nineties.”

Enter Oscar Wilde.

Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish-born (you don’t say?) writer who was known for his wit and flamboyant personality. His literary masterworks include his lone novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray and his most famous play, The Importance of Being Earnest. But enough of the boring stuff…Wilde spent the first half of the so-called “Naughty Nineties” in London embroiled in an affair with Lord Alfred Douglas. A fact the Douglas family was none too thrilled about. Wilde was publicly outed – practicing homosexuality was illegal at the time – and sentenced to 2 years of hard labor in prison. Prison life vastly disagreed with Wilde’s sense of aesthetics and art and all things opulent and his health rapidly declined. Upon his release, he fled to France where he lived out the rest of his brief life in exile. Ever witty, it was long rumored that his last words on his deathbed were “My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or other of us has to go,” although it has been disputed whether it was his actual final utterance or not (the quote most certainly was said, just not right before he died.) Either way, the wallpaper won. Oscar Wilde died of cerebral meningitis at the age of 46.

Burial

Père Lachaise Cemetery – Paris, FRANCE

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Specific Location

Division 89; Along the north side of Avenue Carette, Oscar’s large, graffiti-covered tomb is unmistakable.

UPDATE: …and now, apparently, behind some sort of Plexiglas shield. No fun, Père Lachaise, no fun at all.

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Hunter S. Thompson

Posted in Cremated with tags , on October 9, 2013 by Cade

thompson1July 18, 1937 – February 20, 2005

Hunter Stockton Thompson was a writer and journalist, sure. But, let’s not pretend like he was your average, run-of-the-mill cub reporter. Thompson rose to the public eye after spending a year living and traveling with the Hell’s Angels motorcycle gangs. He wrote about the experience and launched what he would refer to from that point on as “Gonzo” journalism. That is, not just reporting the story, but becoming a part of the story. He went on to write his greatest works in this manner. Most notably in his most popular book, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream. Thompson was notoriously anti-establishment. He loved guns. He loved illicit drugs. He loved dabbling in insanity whenever possible. After dealing with some significant health issues, Thompson committed suicide at his ranch in Colorado. His last wishes were, well…apropos.

Burial

Cremated – Hunter S. Thompson’s ashes were fired out of a cannon from atop a 150 ft. tall statue of a fist over his ranch. With fireworks. I mean, if you gotta go out…

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Seriously.