Adventures in Reading


Literary Suicides
February 20, 2008, 5:46 pm
Filed under: thoughtful

Thanks to a friend and reader, the Times OnlineTen extraordinary literary suicides,” which features:

Empedocles

Thomas Chatterton

Heinrich von Kleist

Gerard de Nerval

Jack London

Virginia Woolf

Ernest Hemingway

Sylvia Plath

Anne Sexton

Yukio Mishima

And in addition, this is one of my long time favorite websites: The Literary Cemetery.

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2 Comments

I read somewhere that artists (writers, painters, actors, etc…) are more disposed to bipolar disorder. That’s why they have periods of heightened creativity followed by periods of extreme depression. I suppose you have to be depressed or know what it’s like to be depressed to capture the ups and downs of your characters. I guess being introspective all the time has it’s downside.

Comment by T Y

I read somewhere that artists (writers, painters, actors, etc…) are more disposed to bipolar disorder.

That is quite interesting. The other evening at a poetry reading a poet commented on how all poetry was sad and depressing, and while that may not be entirely true admittedly it is mostly true. When I think of some of my favorite authors it has to be rather terrible at times to develop certain characters, plots, themes, etc.

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