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Beginning dramatically with the opening of haydns grave in october 1820 colin dickeys cranioklepty grave robbing and the search for genius unbridled books september 2009 is a fascinating and authoritative history of ideas carried along on the guilty pleasures of real after life gothic tales more. Thats the funny and ghoulish history in cranioklepty grave robbing and the search for genius unbridled books by colin dickey dickey has written both fiction and nonfiction before and anyone who picks up this book might be forgiven for thinking he is slipping in bizarre tales from his warped imagination. Cranioklepty explores the once popular act of stealing skulls and the birth of cranioscopy invented by franz joseph gall and later referred to as phrenology gall believed that by reading the bumps and indentations on the skull one could interpret the workings of the brain in many ways phrenology was a new science for a new time it boldly claimed to lay bare centuries old mysteries . Buy cranioklepty grave robbing and the search for genius first trade paper by dickey colin isbn 9781609530105 from amazons book store everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Get this from a library cranioklepty grave robbing and the search for genius colin dickey presents a history of cranioklepty the desire to possess the skulls of the brilliant and famous either for study for sale or for display includes the after death stories of haydn beethoven