Check new design of our homepage! Despite their brief lifespan, these writers have left us a literary legacy in the form of their work. Penlighten remembers and salutes some famous writers who died young.
Sylvia Plath For many great authors the peskiest antagonist of all, death, came to claim their quill before they could get proper appreciation for their work.
Back then you were doing well if people in your town knew you wrote a book. Plato and other authors may have had limited notoriety in their local areas, but it was nothing compared to the international fame that they enjoy today. Now imagine that in years everyone thinks that guy is a genius.
Anne Frank It feels like a cheap shot, sure, but Anne Frank meets all the criteria. Too well, in fact. Not only was she famous after death, she was famous because of her death. Bruno Schulz was a Polish writer who became the favorite prisoner of a particular Nazi officer, Felix Landau.
Apparently it was rather common for officers to have favorite prisoners. He published a few things, but had several other unpublished manuscripts.
He ordered his friend to burn his manuscripts when he died. Eleven years later, his mother and friend helped to get it published, and everyone suddenly realized what a great book it was. In fact, it went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in Emily Dickinson Dickinson took obscurity to truly professional levels, mostly due to the fact that she never left her room.
She published a handful of poems in her life, but after her death her family discovered how prolific she was. There were piles of poems, literally, which they published. Then people started to realize the recluse really had something to say.
She jotted down some poetry and notes about life in the early s and then drowned in the River Thames. Not all in the same day, obviously. Fast-forward toand this manuscript she never intended to publish became a sensation as a book titled The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady.
Her book became so popular they even made a TV drama about her, which is more than Plato can say. Presumably the show was like Downton Abbey, but with less focus on class struggle and not as much sex with the servants.
She was prolific and published often, starting when she was only eight years old, but she remained relatively obscure. She committed suicide shortly after publishing her novel, The Bell Jar, which garnered her some attention. Her fame continued to grow, and her husband published a collection of her poems nearly 20 years later, which won the Pulitzer Prize.
Lovecraft has experienced a particularly strong resurgence in the last few decades. In life he was frequently published in pulp magazines, but being a pulp writer in was about as prestigious as being a blogger in Now his writing is a huge influence on horror and other genres.
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She died of tuberculosis at the age of 30, having steadfastly refused any medical treatment through the course of her illness. Sylvia Plath: (Aged 30) Dying is an art. 22 Famous Writers Who Died In The world lost many literary greats, including a Nobel Prize in Literature laureate, last year.
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