Writers who committed suicide
Which books penned by authors who took their own lives mean the most to you?
1 The Bell Jar
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2 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
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3 Mrs. Dalloway
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4 The Sun Also Rises
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5 The Old Man and the Sea
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6 Infinite Jest
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7 A Room of One's Own
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8 A Confederacy of Dunces
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9 A Farewell to Arms
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10 The Yellow Wallpaper and Ot...
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11 To the Lighthouse
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12 For Whom the Bell Tolls
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13 The Sailor Who Fell from Gr...
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14 The Complete Poems
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15 Chess Story
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16 The Collected Poems
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17 Survival in Auschwitz
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18 A Canticle for Leibowitz (S...
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19 A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll...
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20 Mephisto
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21 The Painted Bird
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22 Letters from a Stoic
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22 Rashomon and Seventeen Othe...
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24 To Have and Have Not
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25 Darkness at Noon
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26 Trout Fishing In America
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27 Revenge of the Lawn: Storie...
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28 A Moveable Feast
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29 The Satyricon
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30 Embers
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31 Orlando
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32 The Years
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33 The Manuscript Found in Sar...
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34 Thousand Cranes
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35 The Complete Poems
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36 Lord of the Barnyard: Killi...
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37 Swimming to Cambodia
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38 Death in the Afternoon
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39 Poems of Paul Celan
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40 Girl With Curious Hair
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41 The Drowned and the Saved
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42 Ariel
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43 No Longer Human
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44 Leaving Las Vegas
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45 The Complete Short Stories
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46 A Writer's Diary
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47 Confessions of a Mask
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48 Die Traumnovelle
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49 Her Smoke Rose Up Forever
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50 The Decline and Fall of Pra...
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51 In Watermelon Sugar
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52 Medea
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53 The Society of the Spectacle
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54 The Sound of the Mountain
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54 The Bedbug and Selected Poetry
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56 Kingdom of Fear: Loathsome ...
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57 Illuminations: Essays and R...
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58 The Collected Poems
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59 Consider the Lobster and Ot...
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60 Songs of the Doomed: More N...
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61 The Moon and the Bonfire
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62 Der zerbrochne Krug
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63 The Rape of Nanking
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64 Marie Antoinette: The Portr...
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65 The Battlefield Where the M...
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66 Kallocain
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67 Political Power & Social Cl...
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67 Brightness Falls from the Air
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69 Camp Concentration
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70 Mein Kampf
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71 The Best of Robert E. Howar...
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72 The Last Victim: A True-Lif...
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72 Rock Crystal
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74 Alexander
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74 The Stories of Breece D'J P...
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74 Suicide
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77 Four Tragedies and Octavia
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78 Anne of Green Gables (Anne ...
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79 Blasted
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80 As Máscaras do Destino
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81 The Master of Go
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82 Sandokan: The Two Tigers
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83 The Post-Office Girl
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84 The Temple of the Golden Pa...
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85 The Marquise of O— and Othe...
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86 Beware of Pity
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87 Selected Writings
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88 Why I Built the Boogle House
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88 Obłęd
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88 Raintree County
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88 Home Fronts: Domesticity an...
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88 Gravgaver: Fragmentarium
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88 Emily of New Moon (Emily of...
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88 Why We Took the Car
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95 Kornwolf
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95 Crave
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95 This Way for the Gas, Ladie...
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95 Antero de Quental - Sonetos...
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95 The Republic and Other Works
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95 Izabrane pesme
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161 books · 182 voters · list created June 19th, 2009 by Greyweather (votes) .
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message 1: by Hazel (new)

Hazel Hi,
I thought Ken Steele had a heart attack.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads The form to add books to the list is at the right-hand side of the page.


message 3: by Linda (new)

Linda Cicero was killed.


drowningmermaid The jury is still out (and probably always will be) on whether Primo Levi killed himself.


Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) kissmyshades wrote: "Cicero was killed."

Yes, I removed his book.


message 6: by Hayes (new)

Hayes Christine wrote: "The jury is still out (and probably always will be) on whether Primo Levi killed himself."

From Wikipee:

...However, Oxford sociologist Diego Gambetta has argued that the conventional assumption of Levi's death by 'suicide' is not well justified by either factual or inferred evidence.[30:] Levi left no suicide note, and no other clear indication that he had thoughts of taking his own life. ... Rita Levi Montalcini, a close friend of Levi, commented that "If Levi wanted to kill himself he, a chemical engineer by profession, would have known better ways than jumping into a narrow stairwell with the risk of remaining paralyzed." ... The matter remains unresolved.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primo_Levi


message 7: by Meaghan (last edited Jul 18, 2010 09:25PM) (new)

Meaghan Hazel wrote: "Hi,
I thought Ken Steele had a heart attack."


Ken Steele DID have a heart attack. *deletes book*


Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) Jack London, too, probably didn't commit suicide but died of uremia, possibly aggravated by a morphine overdose. From Wikipedia:

"Many older sources describe London's death as a suicide, and some still do. This conjecture appears to be a rumor, or speculation based on incidents in his fiction writings. His death certificate gives the cause as uremia, following acute renal colic, a type of pain often described as "the worst pain [...] ever experienced", commonly caused by kidney stones. Uremia is also known as uremic poisoning.

London died November 22, 1916, in a sleeping porch in a cottage on his ranch. He was in extreme pain and taking morphine, and it is possible that a morphine overdose, accidental or deliberate, may have contributed to his death. The biographer Stasz writes, "Following London's death, for a number of reasons, a biographical myth developed in which he has been portrayed as an alcoholic womanizer who committed suicide. Recent scholarship based upon firsthand documents challenges this caricature."

London's fiction featured several suicides. In his autobiographical memoir John Barleycorn, he claims, as a youth, to have drunkenly stumbled overboard into the San Francisco Bay, "some maundering fancy of going out with the tide suddenly obsessed me". He said he drifted and nearly succeeded in drowning before sobering up and being rescued by fishermen. In the dénouement of The Little Lady of the Big House, the heroine, confronted by the pain of a mortal gunshot wound, undergoes a physician-assisted suicide by morphine.

London had been a robust man but had suffered several serious illnesses, including scurvy in the Klondike. At the time of his death, he suffered from dysentery and uremia and late stage alcoholism. During travels on the Snark, he and Charmian may have picked up unspecified tropical infections. Most biographers, including Russ Kingman, now agree he died of uremia aggravated by an accidental morphine overdose."


message 9: by Tom (new)

Tom Bensley I feel really depressed after reading this list.


message 10: by drowningmermaid (new)

drowningmermaid Bensley56 wrote: "I feel really depressed after reading this list."

If it makes you feel any better... there are several repeats on this list. (I wonder if the painters/musicians list would be longer...)


message 11: by Emily (new)

Emily Collins John Kennedy Toole! Confederacy of Dunces


message 12: by Paige (new)

Paige For some reason, this list kind of gives me hope.


message 13: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl I'm going to unvote my Primo Levi books. There's evidence he may have, and evidence he may not have, killed himself, and without definitive proof I'm not willing to put that label on him. Perhaps we should remove him from the list altogether.


message 14: by Janet (new)

Janet What about Spaulding Gray?


message 15: by Meaghan (new)

Meaghan Janet, Add Spaulding yourself if you like. I haven't read any of his books.

Lobstergirl, I'm actually with you on Primo Levi. I'm not at all convinced he killed himself. Throwing yourself down a flight of stairs is a terrible method of suicide, and the man was a chemist; he had better ways.


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