Monday, January 16, 2012

Graves of the Famous

Just some random photos of artists' graves I've visited over the years, whether they be musicians, writers, etc.  Perhaps this could be considered a rather morbid pastime, but I like to think of it as "paying my respects". 
Jack Kerouac's grave, in my hometown~I've visited about five times.
Edson Cemetery, Lowell, MA.

Bench at Conrad Aiken's grave.  I love the inscriptions:  "Cosmos Mariner, Destination Unknown", and "Give My Love to the World".  Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah, GA.

Oscar Wilde's wild headstone.  All the spots on the bottom portion are from kisses (they've since put up a Plexiglas barrier to stop the practice~but I read that people just began to kiss the glass instead).
Pere Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France.

Family plot of poet Celia Thaxter.  Laid to rest on her beloved island.
Appledore Island, Isles of Shoals (off the coast of Portsmouth, NH).

Guillaume Apollinaire's grave.  I was hoping they'd have fashioned the names like one of his calligrams!
Pere Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France.

Jim Morrison's grave.  The thing, as a whole, looks (rather ironically) like a shallow bathtub.  Pere Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France.

Moliere's impressive box.  Pere Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France.

Abelard and Heloise.  Apparently, there's still some discussion as to whether they're actually buried here (records show their remains were moved here in 1817).  Pere Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France.

Famous lovers, Abelard and Heloise (he was a fairly decent philosopher, to boot, and she was no slouch, either).  Read
  The Love Letters of Abelard and Heloise if you get a chance.
Pere Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France.

Marcel Proust's grave; sleek, shiny, and black.
Pere Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France.

American author Richard Wright's final resting place.
His book Native Son really had an impact on me.
Pere Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France.

Colette's grave, covered in chrysanthemums.
Pere Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France.

Chopin's beautiful grave.  Pere Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France.

Bench at songwriter Johnny Mercer's grave:
"Buddy, I'm a kind of poet, and I've gotta lotta things to say".
Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah, GA.

Zora Neale Hurston's grave. Cemetery was a little tricky to find.
Nice plaque here though, and the spot is very lovingly tended.
Garden of Heavenly Rest, Fort Pierce, FL.

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