Author Alix Strauss takes a provocative look at the self-imposed deaths of the famous and infamous in Death Becomes Them. In this fascinating and intimate chronicle of celebrity suicides, the spotlight shines on the lonely last moments of Kurt Cobain and Ernest Hemingway, Abbie Hoffman and Adolf Hitler, Dorothy Dandridge, Sigmund Freud, Hunter S. Thompson, and others. Death Becomes Them explores their sadness and madness, their accomplishments and the circumstances that led to their irreversible decision, and wishes them all a fond final good-bye.
“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.
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 15th September 2009
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Australia