VIRGINIA WOOLF. Virginia Wolf left a note for his husband before he wore her coat and filled her pockets with stones and drowned herself in the river near their house on March 28, 1941. It was after she published her last novel.
I remember my Literature prof. before telling a story about Virginia Woolf. How talented she is but still unhappy and depressed to the point of ending his own life.
ELISE COWEN. A poet and writer. Cowen ended her life by jumping from the window of her parent’s living room. She fell seven stories to the ground.
I don't understand how a talented poet and writer just decided to end her life.
MICHAEL DORRIS. Dorris killed himself through suffocation, alcohol, and drugs in Brick Tower Motor Inn. He took sleeping pills, drunk vodka and placed his head inside a plastic bag.
This man sure knows how to hard-core kill himself. Overdosing, burning his liver and suffocating himself? He indeed is desperate to die.
KENNETH HALLIWELL. Halliwell murdered his colleague Joe Orton before he overdosed and ended his life with Nembutal sleeping pills.
All I can say about him is that, maybe he felt sorry and guilty for his crime so he decided to take his life as well.
ALFONSINA STORNI. Storni, one of the great poets killed herself in La Perla beach. Many reports say that she jumped from a breakwater and some say that she walked into the sea and drowned herself.
I don't know which one is true but one thing is for sure. Like Woolf, Storni knows she cannot survive the water.
ARTHUR KOESTLER. Koestler, an author of many essays, novels and biographies, tooks his own life after knowing that he had metastasis. Together with her wife, they killed themselves through taking an overdose of Tuinal with alcohol.
I can't imagine why a couple would do such thing. Sure, they're in love with each other and they want to be together even after death but that doesn't mean they can just decide to kill themselves. I'm like what? Don't you guys want to have kids? Grow old together... Watch the sunset or whatever...
ERNEST HEMINGWAY. Hemingway killed himself through gunshot.
Many say that it was accident. I remembered reading an article that his wife checked on him and saw him cleaning his gun. The next thing she heard was a gunshot and Hemingway was no longer alive. Accident or not, Hemingway is the only one who knows and he brought that knowledge to his grave.
SYLVIA PLATH. Plath was a great american poet and novelist. She killed herself through gassing herself in the kitchen. She thrust her head into the gas oven.
Lastly, who doesn't know Plath? When I found out about her method of suicide. I was like..
I can't imagine myself putting my head in an oven. Not that I'm thinking of killing myself too but I just can't picture it.
I was really curious why. Why oh why? How come these amazing writers ended their lives? I did some research and I found out that all of these over 200 writers have something in common. They all suffer from severe depression and other mental problems like hearing voices and other. In the year 2001, psychologist James Kaufman named this condition Sylvia Plath effect. This condition describes a mental illness among creative writers. He describe this condition as common among women writers. The term was named after Sylvia Plath who died at the age of 30.