Carved in Stone: The Artistry of Early New England Gravestones

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Gravestones are colonial America's earliest sculpture and they provide a unique physical link to the European people who settled here. Carved in Stone book is an elegant collection of over 80 fine duotone photographs, each a personal meditation on an old stone carving, and on New England's past, where these stones tell stories about death at sea, epidemics such as small pox, the loss of children, and a grim view of the afterlife. The essay is a graceful narrative that explores a long personal involvement with the stones and their placement in New England landscape, and attempts to trace the curious and imperfectly documented story of carvers. Brief quotes from early New England writers accompany the images, and captions provide basic information about each stone. These meditative portraits present an intimate view of figures from New England graveyards and will be enjoyed by anyone with an interest in early Americana and fine art photography.

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THOMAS E. GILSON, author of The New England Farm, lives in Pine Bush, New York. WILLIAM GILSON lives in England and his writings appear in numerous journals. The Gilson brothers were born and raised in Connecticut.

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"The artistry of these gravestones is remarkable...For all the temptation to use the data from these cemeteries for demography, this remains a study of art..." Christopher Cumo, Connecticut History, Spring 2013

"...a revealing and fascinating essay...magnificent tribute...beautiful book..." "While Carved in Stone deals with death at its core, it is never morbid." Kathryn Franklin, Portland Book Review

"A rare and unusual contribution to cemeterist publications...William Gilson's prose is spare but elegant, heartfelt but unsentimental,  Thomas Gilson's photographs are beautiful, well-lit, and well shadowed...in combining the respective talents of both brothers, a great book was created."  Antoinette LoSchiavo, Association for Gravestone Studies Quarterly, Fall 2014

"One of the most interesting books of photography, and history, published in recent years..." Chris Rawley, Shawangunk Journal

“These solid chunks of the past are strange and wonderful, irresistible and repellent, sign posts to our past as well as our future. There's never a crowd. Above ground that is. If a case can be made for visiting these lonely, eerie, open air exhibits, two brothers, Thomas and William Gilson, have made it in their new book.”—David Holahan, Hartford Courant

“Thomas Gilson’s photographs are beautiful, haunting, revelatory at times frightening.”—Alan Bisbort, Waterbury Republican-American

“Carved in Stone...is an eerie book, one that quietly works on you.” —Jan Gardener, Boston Globe

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Book of the Year - 2012 Finalist, ForeWord Reviews (Regional)

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