Writers and Drama

More than a few authors had to fight disease, psychological conditions, the death of loved ones, and, in spite it all, they kept writing and working on their books.

Here’s a list of some of the most “tragic” of writers.

John Clare

He wrote even though he had to battle poverty and psychiatric conditions. Also, he outlived five of his children.

N.V. Gogol

He destroyed the manuscript for the second part of Dead Souls, decided to fast in order to cleanse his soul of sins, and starved himself to death.

D.H. Lawrence

A lot of drama surrounded his person and his writings during his lifetimes. He shocked when he married the sister of the notorious Red Baron. Because of his opinions, he was censored, persecuted, and hated for more than half of his life. At the time of his death, he was considered as one who had made a mockery out of his talent.

Mark Twain

His daughter died when she was only 24 years old.

Virginia Woolf

Considered today to have been a manic-depressive, a condition little understood during her life, Virginia Woolf drowned herself by filling her overcoat pockets with stones and walking into a river near her home.

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12 thoughts on “Writers and Drama

  1. Kipling has some deep pain in his life. As a child when he was sent to England he was cruelly treated in the boarding house where he lived.

    “Often and often afterwards, the beloved Aunt would ask me why I had never told any one how I was being treated. Children tell little more than animals, for what comes to them they accept as eternally established. Also, badly-treated children have a clear notion of what they are likely to get if they betray the secrets of a prison-house before they are clear of it”

    His daughter, Josephine died of pneumonia at age 6. But his greatest pain was the death of his son John in World War One. John was underage and Kipling pulled strings to get him into the military over his wife’s vociferous objections. (Kipling saw the military as a place to grow and prove oneself. His wife saw it as a place to die.) Still, he was turned down by the navy because his eyesight was so poor. Eventually he made it into the Army and was killed in action at the Battle of Loos in 1915 and his body unfound. He was only 18 years old.

    Kipling never stopped blaming himself for his son’s death. It wouldn’t be until 1995 that John Kipling’s body was located.

    Kipling never stopped blaming himself for his son’d death and eventually died from an ulcer.

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