Sylvia Plath stuck her head in an oven...

  • Retroid Moderator 11 Nov 2005 12:56:40 45,464 posts
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    ... and other disturbing deaths in the literary world
  • warlockuk 11 Nov 2005 13:07:14 19,500 posts
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    Wasn't it her who stuck her head in the oven when she knew her husband and kids were going to be coming home, and then died 'cos they were late back or something?

    Attention or intent, she's still gotta be an arsehole for wanting her kids to see it...

    ...or am I thinking of someone else?
  • Retroid Moderator 11 Nov 2005 13:08:22 45,464 posts
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    You know, it could be said that someone who was that depressed might not be thinking straight, you know ;p
  • sam_spade 11 Nov 2005 13:15:55 15,745 posts
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    Maybe she didn't want the house to explode.
  • UncleLou Moderator 11 Nov 2005 13:16:38 40,158 posts
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    Interesting find.

    I remembered this one:

    Ödön von Horvath, an Austrian writer, got killed by a falling branch in Paris, on the Champs-Elysées, during a thunderstorm in 1938.

    Iirc, he had been told by someone before that he'd die that day, and delayed a journey to Zürich to see what would happen.
  • boo 11 Nov 2005 13:31:28 13,612 posts
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    Seth Morgan [1949-1990] American Author - Rode motorcycle off the Golden Gate Bridge and into the San Francisco Bay.

    Not condoning suicide by any means, but that is a way to go!
  • marilena 11 Nov 2005 13:32:04 8,237 posts
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    Rimbaud... Cool character, I remember my french teacher talking about him. Wasn't a bad poet either :).
  • Stickman 11 Nov 2005 13:40:35 29,986 posts
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    Bit highly strung these arty types, aren't they?
  • warlockuk 11 Nov 2005 14:05:36 19,500 posts
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    Retroid wrote:
    You know, it could be said that someone who was that depressed might not be thinking straight, you know ;p
    Aye, but if it was calculated so she'd be found (and probably not dead) when Ted + the kids came home then she's at least thinking. Blooming drama queens.
  • Shrimp 11 Nov 2005 14:44:45 1,081 posts
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    Did Odon von Horvath write "Jugend Ohne Gott"? One of the two German books I've read...
  • sam_spade 11 Nov 2005 14:45:47 15,745 posts
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    warlockuk wrote:
    Retroid wrote:
    You know, it could be said that someone who was that depressed might not be thinking straight, you know ;p
    Aye, but if it was calculated so she'd be found (and probably not dead) when Ted + the kids came home then she's at least thinking. Blooming drama queens.

    She did put out milk and sandwiches for the kids, didn't she?
  • UncleLou Moderator 11 Nov 2005 14:48:38 40,158 posts
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    Shrimp wrote:
    Did Odon von Horvath write "Jugend Ohne Gott"? One of the two German books I've read...

    Heh, exactly. Strange choice for 1 of 2 German books you've read. What was the other one? :)
  • morriss 11 Nov 2005 14:52:56 71,293 posts
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    * Edgar Allan Poe [1809-1849] American Author - Died of "acute congestion of the brain" several days after he was discovered lying unconscious in a Baltimore street, wearing someone else’s tattered clothes.

    Moved me a bit, that did. Shame, poor bloke.
  • Deleted user 11 November 2005 14:53:06
    Head in the oven, the most unglamorous way to die ever, surely?
  • marilena 11 Nov 2005 14:54:54 8,237 posts
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    Stickman wrote:
    Bit highly strung these arty types, aren't they?

    Yeah, most of them. Sometimes I think that I might have some artistic side myself, seeing how crazy I am, but apparently the reverse is not true :(.
  • Shrimp 11 Nov 2005 15:30:33 1,081 posts
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    UncleLou wrote:
    Shrimp wrote:
    Did Odon von Horvath write "Jugend Ohne Gott"? One of the two German books I've read...

    Heh, exactly. Strange choice for 1 of 2 German books you've read. What was the other one? :)

    Well there wasn't really any choice involved - it was at school. J.O.G. was the second one we read, can't remember the first. I think it was about some gypsy kids or something...
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