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An 1845 Medical Times article by Charles Clay prefaces its discussion of apparent death by stating, essentially, that even if the particular circumstances around each anecdote of premature burial cannot be historically verified, they nonetheless disclose more important principles of humanitarian urgency:
and the chilling and claustrophobic final sequence with a twist on the tale of The Premature Burial.
Instead of referring to a hundred "instances" of actual premature burial, however, the narrator offers us only a handful, excluding his own which, as we'll see in a moment, is bogus.
In this compilation of macabre incidents taking place between the 18th and 20th centuries, Bondeson contends that premature burial was a common occurrence before there were scientific methods for confirming death.
Premature burial is a subject the medical profession would rather not discuss and recent cases of people pronounced dead who were not has kept the literature alive.
Wright's novel is also filled with allusions to what might be called the topoi or landmarks of the gothic: premonitions, curses, prophecies, spells, the subterranean, paintings, veils, trapdoors, demonic possession, graves, returns from the dead, skeletons, hauntings, ghosts, confinement, doubles, gothic mansions, visions, conspiracies, premature burial, and so on.
From her account of the young Benson, whose penchant for the preternatural led him to sleep in the bloodstained room of a suicide, to her image of the middle-aged Benson, whose fear of premature burial drove him to design a tomb that could open from the inside, Grayson keeps the focus on Benson's endearing if bizarre foibles, effectively curbing moral critique.
Never - I have a fear of premature burial (see answer to the headstone question
Premature Burial And How It May Be Prevented, by William Tebb & Edward Perry Vollum (Sonneschein,1986)
EVELYN WAUGH, author of The Loved One, would turn in his grave -- a movement which, in Victorian times, might have triggered a small bell on the surface, intended to alert passers-by to a premature burial.
Stone's installation conjured nightmares of premature burial, or, alternately, visions of pod people being hatched (the rubber hoses suggested a high-tech umbilical cord).
Lately, with my old notebook rescued from premature burial on a sagging bookshelf, I began returning to the "Nap House.