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COLIN DICKEY

Cranioklepty: Grave Robbing and the Search for Genius (Unbridled Books)

 

A fascinating discussion by this local author about the extraordinary history of a particular kind of obsession--the desire to own the skulls of the famous, for study, for sale, and for public (or private) display. The rise of phrenology at the beginning of the 19th century only fed that fascination with the belief that genius leaves its mark on the very shape of the head.

Event date: 
Thursday, October 8, 2009 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
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ISBN: 9781932961867
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Unbridled Books - October 1st, 2009

The after-death stories of Franz Joseph Haydn, Ludwig Beethoven,
Swedenborg, Sir Thomas Browne and many others have never before been
told in such detail and vividness.

Fully illustrated with some surprising images, this is a fascinating
and authoritative history of ideas carried along on the guilty
pleasures of an anthology of real-after-life gothic tales.

Beginning dramatically with the opening of Haydn’s grave in October
1820, cranioklepty takes us on an extraordinary history of a peculiar
kind of obsession. The desire to own the skulls of the famous, for
study, for sale, for public (and private) display, seems to be
instinctual and irresistible in some people.  The rise of phrenology at
the beginning of the 19th century only fed that fascination with the
belief that genius leaves its mark on the very shape of the head.