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Encyclopedia of heaven
Van Scott, Miriam.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 1998.
Physical Description:
x, 277 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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BL540 .V36 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Encyclopedia of Heaven is the information catalog that illuminates and indexes the diverse interpretations of the world to come, and provides lively and entertaining depictions of the next plane (for some of us). The book lists hundreds of images of utopia collected from across the globe and throughout human history. Sources include myth, religion, art, literature, contemporary fiction, opera, drama, pop culture, music, film and television. Entries range from the Egyptian Valley of Ra to stained glass windows to Warren Beatty's "Heaven Can Wait". The book contains more than 50 remarkable photographs of these spectacular visions of Heaven.

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Library Journal Review

Van Scott puts humanity's fascination with the afterlife in alphabetical order, offering many images of the blessed realm. The book chronicles the diverse interpretations of paradise, and the reader will glean many insights along the way into the origins and implications of heaven. As in her earlier Encyclopedia of Hell (LJ 9/1/98), Van Scott's careful research shows in the clear portrayal of ancient mythologies, organized religions, and secular works of art and literature through the ages. Few readers will be able to stop at just one or two entries. "Advertising" includes examples of using heavenly images to sell. Under "Animals," Van Scott raises the question whether animals exist in heaven. She draws parallels between the Elysian Fields, the Christian paradise, Islam's Djanna paradise, and the Jewish heaven. A helpful, accessible, entertaining addition to all public library reference collections; highly recommended for all libraries.‘Leroy Hommerding, Citrus Cty. Lib. System, Inverness, FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.