40 Faces of Death: A Grim Reaper Gallery

Death at Sea
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Here we see another Jewish incarnation of Death in an illustration by Ephraim Moses Lilien (1874-1925) from Songs of the Ghetto, a 1903 illustrated volume of Yiddish poems by Morris Rosenfeld translated into modern German. The illustrations depict the life of a tailor and his Zionist dreams. Lilien's work, in a strong Art Nouveau style was highly influential in Palestine.

About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.