Words in Pain : Letters on Life and Death by Olga Jacoby

Words in Pain : Letters on Life and Death by Olga Jacoby

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First published anonymously in 1919, these letters from a dying woman to her doctor display an attitude to death which is fiercely independent of religion but full of hope. The book will appeal to diverse readers: it is a picture of family life and love, interspersed with clear-headed musings on the nature of illness, loss and death; it illuminates the development of rationalist thought, humanism and liberal education and the history of adoption; and it provides comfort for those who try to come to terms with dying, without religion to cushion the blow. As her dialogues with the doctor, a Christian, show, Jacoby is witty and erudite, and rails against the dogmas of organised religion while espousing a passionate morality.

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