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Suicide and Literary Biography: The Case of Hemingway

From: Biography
Volume 20, Number 4, Fall 1997
pp. 405-436 | 10.1353/bio.2010.0143



A writer's suicide confronts his or her biographers with special problems and opportunities. Drawing primarily on biographies of Ernest Hemingway for its examples, this article examines the narrative and rhetorical strategies often employed to present literary lives that end in suicide.