Re-Imagining the Final Thoughts of the Beheaded

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Cover of 'Severance,' by Robert Olen Butler

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Robert Olen Butler reads from his book, 'Severance:'

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The premise for each story in Robert Olen Butler's new book is disturbing. Severance recalls the last thoughts of those who have been decapitated. St. George, Marie-Antoinette, Medusa, Anne Boyeln Sir Walter Raleigh, the Lady of the Lake ... In Butler's imagining, their last words are poetic and brief, and reveal what is most precious about being alive.

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