They Died too Young

Authors who didn't live to see their 50th birthday.

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258 books · 83 voters · list created September 3rd, 2010 by Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) (votes) .
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message 1: by Hayes (new)

Hayes How about 50 so we can include Larsson?


message 2: by Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (last edited Sep 03, 2010 12:19PM) (new)

Susanna - Censored by GoodReads F. Scott Fitzgerald squeaks out just over the line, damn it. (By about 3 months, by my math.)


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Dunno about going as far as 50 -- the point of this list is to highlight the truly shockingly premature deaths, and while I'm among those who (at a distance) grieve with Larsson's nearest & dearest, and would have liked to see more of his literary output, somehow 50 seems to be on the edge of a slippery slope that I'd rather stay away from. (Why not 55 then? Or 60? Etc.) Frankly, even 45 felt like a compromise to me already ... my initial approach was to draw the line at 40!

That said, I've modified the description to say "authors who didn't live to see their 50th birthday." That would allow us to include F. Scott Fitzgerald and, for that matter, Friedrich Schiller and E.T.A. Hoffmann!


message 4: by Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) (last edited Sep 06, 2010 06:52AM) (new)

Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) I added a few authors who died before they turned 50 ... plus a few more who died at or before reaching the age of 45! :)


message 5: by Hayes (new)

Hayes :-)


message 6: by Booklovinglady (last edited Jul 04, 2016 01:46AM) (new)

Booklovinglady It was rather amazing to see how many author didn't reach the age of fifty once I started digging amongst my own books... Of some I knew, but of others I didn't.


message 7: by Booklovinglady (last edited Nov 29, 2016 02:46PM) (new)

Booklovinglady I've removed Lips of a Mastodon because as far as I know, it's not possible to be a Goodreads author unless one's alive...


message 8: by Fiona (new)

Fiona Hurley I presume whoever entered The Infernal World of Branwell Brontë by Daphne du Maurier was thinking about the subject of the book (died aged 37) rather than the author (died aged 81).


message 9: by Booklovinglady (last edited Nov 30, 2016 04:06AM) (new)

Booklovinglady Fiona wrote: "I presume whoever entered The Infernal World of Branwell Brontë by Daphne du Maurier was thinking about the subject of the book (died aged 37) rather than the author (died aged 81)."

:-) Book has been removed, because like you said, the author died at 81.


message 10: by lethe (new)

lethe Removed Touching from a Distance: Ian Curtis and Joy Division by Deborah Curtis, since the author is still alive, although the subject of her book isn't.


message 11: by Booklovinglady (last edited May 13, 2017 09:57AM) (new)

Booklovinglady I've deleted the Unknown Book 7122098* by an Unknown Author 99 (#142) as it had been on this list for months now...


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