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Death Becomes Them : Unearthing the Suicides of the Brilliant, the Famous, and the Notorious - Alix Strauss

Death Becomes Them

Unearthing the Suicides of the Brilliant, the Famous, and the Notorious

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Kurt Cobain, Anne Sexton, Mark Rothko, Ernest Hemingway, Adolf Hitler . . . all famous, some rich and powerful, some beloved, some abhorred. But when life and circumstance got to be too much, each headed for the exit door. Sigmund Freud overdosed on morphine. Dorothy Dandridge stripped naked and swallowed a handful of antidepressants. Hunter S. Thompson shot himself while talking to his wife on the phone.

These are the lonely personal nightmares behind celebrity suicides—the deaths and their causes are as diverse as the victims themselves. In Death Becomes Them, Alix Strauss bids each one a final good-bye while examining the last days and the unbearable incidents that drove these notables to end their lives. She decodes their notes, touches on their accomplishments, and delves into the methodologies of their deaths using autopsy and police reports and personal photos. Strauss also explores the morbid curiosity that feeds our fixation with famously tortured souls and provides lists of other controversial, bizarre, and poorly executed suicides in this mammoth tome.

“A truly unique, compelling and strangely life-affirming work of literary investigation. The perfect book to get you through the night. ”

Introduction: unearthing greatness -- Grave intentions -- The art of the suicide note -- Authors -- Virginia Woolf, drowning -- Ernest Hemingway, shotgun -- Hunter s. Thompson, shotgun -- Sylvia Plath, inhaling natural gas, oven -- Annie Sexton, carbon monoxide -- Additional facts -- Actors -- Spalding Gray, jumping -- Dorothy Dandridge, pills -- Peg Entwistle jumping from the 'h' of the 'hollywood(land' sign -- David Strickland, hanging -- Additional facts -- Musicians -- Ian Curtis, hanging -- Kurt Cobain, shotgun -- Elliott Smith, stabbing -- Michael Hutchence, hanging -- Additional facts -- Artists -- Vincent van Gogh, shotgun -- Diane Arbus, slit wrists and pills -- Mark Rothko, slit wrists and pills -- Additional facts -- Cartoon and comic strips -- Powerful people -- Adolf hitler, pistol and cyanide -- Sigmund Freud, morphine overdose -- Alan Turing, poisoned apple -- Abbie Hoffman, pills -- Additional facts -- The ten spot -- Questionable deaths you've heard of...and 10 you might not have -- Most famous murder/suicides -- Celebrities who killed themselves in hotels -- Most notable suicides for sports figures -- Of the most bizarre/gruesome suicides -- Greatest love story -- suicides of cleopatra and antony among others -- Stolen headstones and ashes -- List of 75 attempted suicides.

ISBN: 9780061959356
ISBN-10: 0061959359
Audience: General
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 15th September 2009