Authors who wrote their great book at the end of life?

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Authors who wrote their great book at the end of life?

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1vacapinta
Oct 1, 2006, 1:04am

I'm thinking in particular of Di Lampedusa whose great work was The Leopard written at the end of his life.

From what I understand, he only lived long enough to hear that his novel was "unpublishable" although now it is considered one of the great Italian novels.

The reason why he did not publish more novels is obvious in this case.

2lohengrin
Oct 1, 2006, 1:34am

Well, though he was far from a one-hit wonder, Mishima Yukio did complete his masterwork literally a few months, at most, before he stormed the JSDF offices and committed seppuku. ^^;;

3claudiadias
Oct 1, 2006, 8:53am

I suppose you meant writers who started writing in their old age, Vacapinta. But if we're going to talk about suicide, I suppose we'll have to throw in Sylvia Plath. As far as I know, her only remarkable prose work "The Bell Jar" was written just before she died. Can these books be considered literary suicide notes?

4amandameale
Oct 2, 2006, 8:49am

I think The Bell Jar was her only novel - remarkable or otherwise.

5gattopardo First Message
Mar 29, 2007, 5:39am

"The Role of Leadership..." compares the novel with the movie:

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http://movies.monstersandcritics.com/features/article_1215461.php