Monday, November 10, 2008

18th Century obits - wonderful article

"The modern obsession with celebrity started in 18th-century Britain with obituaries of unusual people published in what served as the gossip sheets of the era, an English literature scholar says."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

One of the contributors to this forum should post a poll ( has a nice setup) asking what the current fascination (and I believe obits are quite popular reading) with obits is. I enjoy obits of everyday people rather than the flashy NYTimes pop crowd. I think many people like them for the same reason.