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Final Chapters : How Famous Authors Died
by Jim Bernhard


Overview - "Everybody has got to die, but I have always believed an exception would be made in my case." -William Saroyan, Pulitzer Prize-winning author

Famous authors, like everybody else, know that one day they will die. Final Chapters tells the fascinating stories of more than one hundred writers' encounters with death--and their attitudes toward the Grim Reaper: fear, uncertainty, or acceptance.  Read more...


 
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Overview
"Everybody has got to die, but I have always believed an exception would be made in my case." -William Saroyan, Pulitzer Prize-winning author

Famous authors, like everybody else, know that one day they will die. Final Chapters tells the fascinating stories of more than one hundred writers' encounters with death--and their attitudes toward the Grim Reaper: fear, uncertainty, or acceptance.

Francis Bacon wrote, "It is as natural to die as to be born," while Socrates told the judges who condemned him, "And now we go our ways, I to die and you to live. Which is better is known to God alone."

Death often came in startling ways for these well-known writers. The playwright Aeschylus was conked by a turtle falling from the sky. Christopher Marlowe was stabbed in a barroom brawl. Moli re collapsed while playing the role of a hypochondriac in one of his plays.

Edgar Allan Poe was found semicomatose in someone else's clothes shortly before he died. Sherwood Anderson was felled by a toothpick in a martini. Did Dylan Thomas really die of eighteen straight whiskeys? And was it a bottle cap or murder that did in Tennessee Williams?

If these authors have lessons for us, the best may be that of Marcus Aurelius: "Death smiles at us all; all we can do is smile back."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781634502412
  • ISBN-10: 1634502418
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publish Date: October 2015
  • Page Count: 312
  • Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.9 pounds


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