The Penn Press list for spring 2021 includes hardcover releases, first-time paperbacks, and ebook editions intended for scholars, students, and serious general readers worldwide. Click here to explore our forthcoming books, grouped by subject area.
"It opens another world to historical scrutiny."—Journal of American HistoryThe subject of death is treated as an aspect of cultural history, which includes the ideas about God, sin, death, and damnation imparted to children in Puritan New England; nineteenth-century America's grim acceptance of, if not relish for, death; consolation literature in the nineteenth century; the "rural cemetery" movement; and death in Mormon and Mexican societies.
"An impressive and refreshingly unpretentious contribution to comparative history."—Reviews in American History
Contributors: Philippe Ariès, Ann Douglas, Stanley French, Jack Goody, Patricia Fernández Kelly, Mary Ann Meyers, Lewis O. Saum, David E. Stannard.