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49 Writers Who Died Before 50
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This diarist contracted typhus in a concentration camp in 1945 and died at age 15 – just a few weeks before British troops liberated the camp
A famed English Romance novelist along with her two sisters, she died of dehydration while pregnant in 1855 at age 38
One of the greatest writers of the Jazz Age (a term he coined), this American author died of a heart attack in 1940 at age 44 after years of heavy drinking
Married to the author of 'Frankenstein,' this British Romantic poet drowned in 1822 at age 29 when a storm overtook the boat he was sailing
This American author of just a single novel (albeit a highly popular one) was hit and killed by a car in 1949 at age 48 as she crossed the street to a movie theater
A major figure in American literature whose Civil War novel is a standard in high school lit classes, he died of tuberculosis at a spa near the Black Forest in 1900 at age 29
This Beat Generation novelist and poet died in 1969 at age 47 from cirrhosis of the liver caused by a lifetime of heavy drinking
A novelist and Pulitzer-Prize winning poet who was married to British Poet Laureate Ted Hughes, she committed suicide in 1963 at age 30
Found delirious in the streets of Baltimore, this macabre short story writer and poet died in 1849 at age 40 of causes that remain mysterious and disputed
This Southern Gothic novelist and short story writer ('A Good Man Is Hard to Find') was, like her father, stricken with lupus; she died in 1964 at age 39
This Irish poet, dramatist, bon vivant and much-quoted wit died of cerebral meningitis, perhaps caused by syphilis, in 1900 at age 46
This English writer, who rose to fame with his comic science fiction series, died of a heart attack in 2001 at age 49 – just shortly after his regular workout at a gym
This British autobiographer and renowned army officer died in a motorcycle accident in 1935 at age 46 when he tried to avoid hitting two boys on bicycles
This German-language author and existentialist was editing 'The Hunger Artist' when he died of starvation caused by laryngeal tuberculosis in 1924 at age 40
This highly influential English poet and leading figure in the Romantic movement died in 1824 at age 36 when unsterilized instruments were used for blood letting
Best known for 'Trout Fishing in America,' this writer committed suicide in 1984 at age 49
This English writer, whose work drew charges of pornography and was censored during his life, died from complications of tuberculosis in 1930 at age 44
This American author, whose most popular work is set in the Klondike Gold Rush, died while taking morphine for uremia; some believe it was an overdose, and possibly suicide
In 1894 at 44, this Scottish writer, best known for his adventure tales for all ages, died suddenly of a cerebral hemorrhage while straining to open a bottle of wine
An English novelist whose work inspired the modern romance, she died in 1817 at age 41; some attribute her death to Addison's disease while others say Hodgkin's lymphoma
Known for his short stories with twist endings, this American writer died in 1910 of cirrhosis of the liver, complications of diabetes, and an enlarged heart; he was 47
A film critic best remembered for his novel 'A Death in the Family,' this American writer died of a heart attack in 1955 at 45 while en route to a doctor's appointment
A naturalist, tax resister and leading transcendentalist, this American author contracted tuberculosis in 1835 and lost his battle with the disease in 1862 at age 44
The first to explore the idea of the absurd, this French author and philosopher died in car wreck in 1960 at 46 after his publisher convinced him not to travel by train
A practicing physician throughout his literary career, this Russian dramatist and modernist was yet another author lost to tuberculosis — in 1904 at age 44
Famed for 'Do not go gentle into that good night,' this hard-drinking Welsh poet died of pneumonia in 1953 at age 39
When he was just 46, an artery burst in the lungs of this English writer, killing him in 1950 – 34 years before his famed anti-totalitarianism novel is set
This American author, screenwriter and satirist ran a stop sign and died in a collision, perhaps distraught after learning of the death of his friend F. Scott Fitzgerald
One of the first masters of autobiographical fiction, this North Carolina-born author died of miliary tuberculosis in 1938 at age 37
This 'Haunting of Hill House' author died of heart failure in her sleep at her Vermont home in 1965 at just 48
In 1981, 12 years after committing suicide at age 31, this American novelist won the Pulitzer Prize for 'A Confederacy of Dunces'
A major influence on modern horror fiction, this American author died of cancer in 1937 at age 46
This English poet and forger of pseudo-medieval poetry died of arsenic poisoning in 1770 at age 17
This acclaimed American 'hysterical realism' author committed suicide in 2008 at age 49 after battling clinical depression for over 20 years
A contemporary of Lord Byron and Percy Shelley, this English Romantic poet died of tuberculosis in 1821 at age 25
Deemed one of the most important Japanese authors of the 20th century, he committed seppuku in 1970 at age 45
After winning the Pulitzer Prize in 1967 for poetry whose themes included suicide, this American poet took her own life in 1974 at age 45
This French dramatist (known for his prominent nose) died in 1655 at age 36, a year after being struck by a falling wooden beam
This Lebanese-American writer is the third best-selling poet of all time, behind Shakespeare and Lao-Tzu; he died in 1931 at 48 of cirrhosis of the liver and tuberculosis
This early English novelist known for humor and satire died in 1754 at age 47 of complications from gout, asthma and other afflictions
Known for his scandalous black comedies, this English playwright was bludgeoned to death in his London home in 1967 at age 34
Hailed as a father of the modern short story, this French writer tried to commit suicide in 1892 and died in an asylum in 1893 at age 42
Considered by many to be the greatest Russian poet, he died in 1837 at age 37 as the result of a gunshot wound in a duel with his wife's alleged lover
A Spanish poet who won international recognition as a member of the Generation of '27, he is believed to have been shot and killed by Nationalist militia
An English dramatist who greatly influenced Shakespeare, he was killed in 1593 at age 29 for reasons still speculated
A celebrated Scottish Romantic poet who penned 'Auld Lang Syne,' he died of heart disease at age 37 in 1796
This Ukrainian-born Russian dramatist ('The Government Inspector') and novelist ('Taras Bulba') died in 1852 at age 42 while suffering depression and refusing to eat
A close friend of D.H. Lawrence and Virginia Woolf who is known for her short fiction, this New Zealand-born author died in 1923 at age 34 of tuberculosis
Hailed as one of the greatest English poets and best known for 'The Faerie Queene,' he died in London in 1599 at age 46 after being driven from his home by Irish forces
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