A is for Arsenic: An ABC of Victorian Death (Paperback)

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By Chris Woodyard, Landis Blair (Illustrator)
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Written by Chris Woodyard, the author of The Victorian Book of the Dead, A is for Arsenic is a guide to the the basics of Victorian mourning and death all illustrated by the incomparable Landis Blair. Each entry includes a pen and ink illustration along with 19th century anecdotes ranging from macabre stories to jokes from the Victorian press. (Plus sinister little poems in homage to Edward Gorey.)

"A is For Arsenic" covers topics including post-mortem photography, embalming, bodysnatching tips, what to wear when in mourning, and how long to mourn for someone who has left you money in their will. The book also debunks several Victorian mourning myths.

There are 26 alphabetical entries-from Arsenic to Zinc, (see below) along with an informative glossary, appendix, and detailed bibliography. Here are the topics: A - Arsenic; B - Bier; C - Crape; D - Death Token; E - Embalming; F - Fisk Burial Case; G - Gates Ajar; H - Hearse; I - Ice Box; J - Jet; K - Keen; L - Lychgate; M - Mute; N - Necropolis; O - Obelisk; P - Post Mortem; Q - Queen Victoria; R - Resurrection Men; S - Shroud; T - Tear Bottle; U - Undertaker; V - Veil; X - Sexton; W - Weepers; Y - Churchyard; Z - Zinc

Appendix: Mourning Etiquette



Chris Woodyard, author of The Victorian Book of the Dead, answers your dead-serious questions including:

How long should you mourn for someone who left you money in their will?

Why did body snatchers strip a body before carrying it away?

What was a coffin torpedo?

Were mourning clothes poisonous?

What is inheritance powder?

Who killed off keening?

What is dead water?

An A to Z delight for lovers of the macabre

Product Details
ISBN: 9780988192546
ISBN-10: 0988192543
Publisher: Kestrel Publications (OH)
Publication Date: October 7th, 2023
Pages: 208
Language: English