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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.

Synopsis:

Takes a provocative cultural and historical look at the icons who have committed suicide, from Virginia Woolf to Kurt Cobain, Diane Arbus to Sigmund Freud, Vincent van Gogh to Hunter S. Thompson, and more. Original. 30,000 first printing.

Table of Contents

Introduction: unearthing greatness — Grave intentions — The art of the suicide note — Authors — Virginia Woolf — Ernest Hemingway — Hunter S. Thompson — Sylvia Plath — Anne Sexton — Authors unearthed — Actors — Spalding Gray — Peg Entwistle — Dorothy Dandridge — David Strickland — Actors unearthed — Musicians — Ian Curtis — Kurt Cobain — Elliott Smith — Michael Hutchence — Musicians unearthed — Artists — Vincent van Gogh — Diane Arbus — Mark Rothko — Artists unearthed — Powerful people — Adolf hitler — Sigmund Freud — Alan Turing — Abbie Hoffman — Powerful people unearthed — Fascinating facts — Ten questionable deaths you've heard of-- and ten you might not have — Tan cases of suicide-- or murder? — Not the suite life : ten hotel suicides — Ten most notable suicides of sports figures — Ten of the most bizarre & gruesome suicides — A great love : the suicides of Cleopatra and Mark Antony — Grave matters — Attempted suicides.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780061959356
Subtitle:
Unearthing the Suicides of the Brilliant, the Famous, and the Notorious
Publisher:
Harper
Author:
Strauss, Alix
Author:
Alix Strauss
Subject:
Social Science : Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Celebrities -- Death.
Subject:
Entertainers -- Death.
Subject:
Suicide
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Excess Culture-Misfortune
Subject:
Psychology : General
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Sociology-Suicide
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20090915
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
325

Related Subjects

Biography » Entertainment and Performing Arts
Biography » Rich and Famous
History and Social Science » Sociology » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » Suicide

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"Synopsis" by , Takes a provocative cultural and historical look at the icons who have committed suicide, from Virginia Woolf to Kurt Cobain, Diane Arbus to Sigmund Freud, Vincent van Gogh to Hunter S. Thompson, and more. Original. 30,000 first printing.
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