Literary last words

Just a quick taste of historical fun today. The Guardian has a slideshow of famous authors and their last words. They must have picked the particularly awesome ones, because they’re all A material.

Emily Dickinson: “I must go in, the fog is rising.”

Robert Louis Stevenson: “What’s that? Do I look strange?”

Leo Tolstoy: “We all reveal … our manifestations … This manifestation is over … That’s all.”

Go through the slideshow, though, because it has details about their deathbed circumstances. I find many of them genuinely affecting.

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Comment by Clutch
2010-08-07 22:41:07

That made me cry a bit.

A bit of the bit was for myself, I must confess.

Comment by livius drusus
2010-08-12 18:33:33

Ditto. Isn’t it always, for everyone?

 
 
Comment by M
2010-08-09 01:01:00

Thanks for posting this. I found several of the entries to be rather moving, too. I was particularly touched/intrigued in the Mark Twain and Virginia Woolf stories.

Comment by livius drusus
2010-08-12 18:36:52

Twain’s link to Halley’s comet intrigued me as well, and Virginia Woolf was so painful rational about her mental illness.

 
 
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