Tuesday, September 13, 2016

HOW OLD WERE THESE WRITERS WHEN THEY DIED!

I was interested in finding out if there was any particular age at which writers tend to die.  I know--morbid focus!  In order to get a sense of this I randomly picked out a bunch of literary figures and located the age at which they died.  As you can see below, there doesn't appear to be any particular trend in regard to age.  It was interesting to do, however. See below to get my results.  If you would like to, don't hesitate to add more names to the list!


F. Scott Fitzgerald  44
Ernest Hemingway  62
John Steinbeck  66
John Dos Passos  74
Anne Sexton  46
Sylvia Plath  31
Truman Capote  60
J.D. Salinger  91
Sherwood Anderson  65
Gertrude Stein  72
James Agee  45
Maya Angelou  86
W.H. Auden  66
Bertolt Brecht  58
Anthony Burgess  76
Pearl S. Buck  80
Elizabeth Bishop  68
Mary McCarthy  77
Saul Bellow  89
John Berryman  57
Archibald McLeish  100
William Butler Yeats  74

1 comment:

  1. A disproportionate number of them seem to have died in their forties
    but you are right. It is a little bit morbid

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