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Famous writers who killed themselves


Writing as a profession may seem pretty harmless at a glance. Writing does not require that you go fight wars like a solider, stake your life as a firefighter or injure yourself as an athlete. A writer simply sits at a table and types words into his machine. Yes, what could be so dangerous about such a gentle profession? Yet the fact remains that more than 200 authors and poets committed suicide - and many more tried to unsuccessfully.

One of the most important writing personalities who committed suicide is Ernest Hemmingway. The world renowned author and the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954 for his immensely popular “The Old Man and the Sea”, committed suicide in July 2, 1961. Hemingway like many who suffer from depression, also drank. He shot himself in the head with a shotgun in the kitchen of his home.

British author Virginia Woolf was depressed by the war in her country when she committed suicide. She filled her pockets full of stones and drowned herself in the River Ouse. All life long she suffered from depression and sexual identity and several nervous breakdowns.

Sylvia Plath, a popular American poet and novelist, also struggled with depression for most of her life. Separated from her husband, Sylvia asphyxiated herself from the gas in the kitchen stove.

Brilliant and creative people have always been associated with a kind of mental illness.

Writing can be mentally and emotionally tasking.Writing requires the ability to drown into emotional storms and live and see through the eyes of a character. Or is it the mental illness in these people the very reason as to why they became such good writers? Is such a mental state a requisite for such genius creativity?


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