Famous Last Words

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This sometimes funny, frequently poignant compilation offers a glimpse at the death-bed departures of kings, courtiers, poets, painters, saints, villains, murderers, and martyrs through the ages. Among the notable parting sentiments are Bing Crosby’s breezy sign-off: “That was a great game of golf, fellers,” Lawrence Oates’ farewell to Captain Scott on his mythically ill-fated expedition to the South Pole: “I’m just going out. I may be some time…,” and Civil War commander General Sedgewick’s final miscalculation: “They couldn’t hit an elephant at this dist—.” It is a fascinating record of our final thoughts at the brink of the unimaginable. Jonathan Green is a noted lexicographer and the author of many books, including Slang Down the Ages.

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Jonathon Green is a writer and a broadcaster and one of Britain's leading lexicographers. He is the author of many books including Words Apart: The Language of Prejudice and the language dictionary: Slang Down the Ages.

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