Yeah, this is my approach. Just take Death for a fun ride once and awhile.
Old age should burn and rave at close of day,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light."
When Dylan Thomas went on his fourth reading tour of the United States in 1953, he was deep into his alcoholism. He was hospitalized with alcohol poisoning just as the tour began and told his doctor, “I’ve had 18 straight whiskeys. I think that’s the record.”
He died a few days later. One of his last poems is “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” - a poem in the villanelle form about the death of his father.
Dylan Marlais Thomas was born on October 27, 1914, in South Wales at 5 Cwmdonkin Drive in Swansea.
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Vincent van Gogh died on this day, July 29, in 1890.
He had shot himself in the chest in a wheat field two days before and managed to make it home to his own bed. It’s still unclear how and why the shooting occurred.
The doctor decided not to remove the bullet. His brother Theo was sent for in Paris.
Theo reported that Vincent’s last words were “The sadness will go on forever.”
sex and death - of course, in another film it was Love & Death
It was on this day (7/2/61) that Ernest Hemingway committed suicide in Ketchum, Idaho. He’d had trouble writing and had been working on a long novel called The Sea Book. The writing was difficult and he only published a section under the title The Old Man and the Sea (1952).
Despite the fact that the book was well reviewed and won the Pulitzer Prize, he was disappointed with himself for only being able to finish that short novella.
LIFE.com presents pictures of Hemingway in Cuba in 1952 — and the unsettling, untold story behind Alfred Eisenstaedt’s photos. (Alfred Eisenstaedt—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)
— reading Edgar Allan Poe at 2 am
— J.K. Rowling
I found myself within a forest dark,
For the straightforward pathway had been lost.
Ah me! how hard a thing it is to say
What was this forest savage, rough, and stern,
Which in the very thought renews the fear."
Mozart’s dying words - it sounds grim but I have always had a facination for the last words people say before leaving this world.
While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die.
As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death."
— Leonardo da Vinci
"The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry."
A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
July 2, 1961 a despondent, scarred and scared Ernest Hemingway committed suicide at age 61.
There have been five suicides in the Hemingway family over four generations — Hemingway’s father, Clarence; siblings Ursula, Leicester and Ernest; granddaughter Margaux.
LIFE’s Alfred Eisensstaedt went to Cuba to photograph Hemingway for the September 1952 issue, he encountered not a gracious (if perhaps prickly) fellow artist and man of letters, but a thoroughly disagreeable, paranoid, gin-sodden lunatic.
Incredibly, one of Hemingway’s most highly regarded novels, the short masterpiece, The Old Man and the Sea, was first published, in its entirety, in a single issue of LIFE magazine in September 1952.See the photos here.