Book chapter: Forest Lawn, Hollywood, and America


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Forest Lawn, Hollywood, and America will explore the British fascination with the themepark-like cemetery, Forest Lawn. The cemetery features prominently in the diaries, letters, and novels of various British writers, including Evelyn Waugh, Aldous Huxley, and Christopher Isherwood. It represented for most writers the search for perpetual youth and for immortality associated with the movie business and life in Southern California generally. Promising "eternal happiness for all its inmates" not based on spiritual salvation but offered "at an inclusive charge as part of the undertaking service," Forest Lawn embodies all that appears wrong with Hollywood and American values. As Waugh writes in "In Love with Easeful Death," anyone who gives in to the siren song of easy salvation is lost.


Arts and Humanities | Comparative Literature

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