Professor James Stevens Curl is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy and has held Chairs in Architectural History at two universities. Among his many publications are The Victorian Celebration of Death; Georgian Architecture in the British Isles 1714-1830; Victorian Architecture: Diversity & Invention; Spas, Wells, & Pleasure-Gardens of London; Freemasonry & the Enlightenment: Architecture, Symbols, & Influences; A Dictionary of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and Funerary Monuments and Memorials in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh. In 2000 the large monograph on Kensal Green Cemetery, which he edited and to which he contributed, was published to considerable acclaim. He has made the study of funerary monuments, cemeteries, and the celebration of death a major part of his life’s work. A new edition of his The Victorian Celebration of Death will shortly be available as a Heritage Ebook.
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