What are the best books written by authors who committed suicide?

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    #1The Bell Jar

    The Bell Jar

    The Bell Jar is a book by Sylvia Plath that tells the story of Esther Greenwood, a young woman living in New York, and her descent into madness while trapped in the suffocating "bell jar" that is depression. 

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    Aaryan Rathore
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "The characters are all bright and feel real, although they are all, in some way, slightly exaggerated to some extent. No one character stands out as "perfect" or "evil". Every character in the book has intentions and a range of emotions and reactions to what's around them. Not one character is like another. Even minor characters are given some back story and it is evident that the author put a lot of effort into making them feel lie real, fleshed out human beings. "
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    #2For Whom the Bell Tolls

    For Whom the Bell Tolls
    For Whom the Bell Tolls is a book by Ernest Hemingway. Widely regarded as his greatest masterpiece, it tells the story of Robert Jordan, an American who fought with leftist guerrillas during the Spanish Revolution in the 1930s.
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    Luz María Zárate
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Nice story to engage in!"
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    #3Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson is a cult classic of gonzo journalism. It chronicles a drug-soaked, addle-brained, rollicking good times of a road trip that went down in the annals of American pop culture.

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    Mary Foster
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "Thus book is very exciting, and definitely worth getting your hands on. You get sucked in from the first page. It was tragic to hear that the author had committed suicide a handful of years ago when I was looking for more of his books."
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    #4A Farewell To Arms

    A Farewell To Arms
    A Farewell to Arms is a novel by Ernest Hemingway. Set in Italy during the First World War, it tells the story of Frederic Henry, an American in the ambulance corps of the Italian army, and his relationship with a British nurse.
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    Charles Dunn
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "Hemingway is a tough read for some people. The book recounts the experiences of a man who was an ambulance driver during the war. It falls .somewhere between hope, hopelessness, Either you love Hemingway or find him just too difficult or disjointed to read . "
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    #5Infinite Jest

    Infinite Jest

    Infinite Jest is a postmodern novel by David Foster Wallace. It is composed of four different narratives, all connected through a fictional film entitled Infinite Jest. The book is known for its unconventionality in style.

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    Beverly Hunter
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Infinite Jest is truly one of the most overrated books I've ever read. I enjoy David Foster Wallace's essays, but this book is something else entirely. It's like it was written by a know-it-all who used a thesaurus on every work to make himself sound smarter. I understand what the author was trying to do, but it does not work. "
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    #6The Old Man and the Sea

    The Old Man and the Sea

    The Old Man and the Sea tells the story of an old Cuban fisherman named Santiago and his supreme ordeal with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. It was the last major work of fiction to be produced by Hemingway. 

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    Jorge Luis Carrera
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "My favorite Hemingway book. The story is so engaging and clearly written. This is a must read and there is a reason it is so well known,. "
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    #7A Moveable Feast

    A Moveable Feast

    A Moveable Feast tells the story of American author Ernest Hemingway when he was young in Paris during the 1920s. It also shows his apprenticeship as a young writer while he was married to his first wife, Hadley Richardson. 

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    Christine Oliver
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "Ernest Hemingway can be a difficult writer and I don't like all of this books but A Moveable Feast is a stunning story and a great insight into the post Great War era and a look into the writer's life, one of the best books out there by a writer who later commited suicide. "
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    #8The Stories of Breece D'J Pancake

    The Stories of Breece D'J Pancake

    The Stories of Breece D'J Pancake is a collection of twelve short stories by Breece D'J Pancake, published after his death at age twenty-six. The stories are varied in plot but are all set in his birthplace of rural West Virginia.

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    Joseph Newman
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Eh, no offense to Mr. Pancake, his fans and family, and it's awful that he took his own life, but I can't say that his short story collection is the "best book" written by an author who committed suicide. That distinction for me has to go to A Death in the Afternoon by Hemingway. "
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    #9It's Kind of a Funny Story

    It's Kind of a Funny Story

    It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini is published in 2007. In 2010, it was adapted into a film with the same title. It tells the story of a suicidal teenage guy who gets into a mental hospital wherein he learns stories of other people.

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    Sean Hoffman
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Its Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini was a really great book. The book itself uses a lot of things to ensue readers. The most subtle element is that it's kind of scattered and hard to find the direction in which it really is going in. However this is one of my favorite books by him. R.I.P"
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    #10A Room of One's Own

    A Room of One's Own

    In A Room of One's Own, author Virginia Woolf imagines that Shakespeare had a sister equal in talent, and genius, but her legacy is radically different. She never writes a word and dies by her own hand.

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    Ryan Ford
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "a classic from a thrilling yet sad life"
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    #11A Canticle for Leibowitz

    A Canticle for Leibowitz

    A Canticle for Leibowitz is a Hugo Award-winning speculative fiction novel by Walter M. Miller, Jr. Set in a post-apocalyptic world, it tells the story of a group of monks who are dedicated to enriching the relics of Saint Isaac Leibowitz.

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    Sarah Mills
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "A Canticle for Leibowitz is probably Walter M. Miller, Jr.'s best known book. It is a magical tale of love, intrigue and humanity and is available in several formats, including paperback, audiobook and audio CD. Miller committed suicide in 1996."
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    #12The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea

    The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea
    The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With the Sea is Yukio Mishima's depiction of teenage angst and rebellion against the ideal adult life, and how their emotions can lead them to make terrible choices with irreparable consequences. 
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    Nathan Perkins
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "This is one of the best books I have ever read, and only after reading it did I realize the person committed suicide. I found that interesting. The book itself is really good and I would highly recommend it. It's a quick read especially because you don't want to put it down. "
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    #13The Painted Bird

    The Painted Bird
    The Painted Bird by Jerzy Kosinski is a dark story of a boy that was abandoned by his parents during World War II and his quest to reunite with his parents amidst the hostilities, hardships, and tortures that he is experiencing. 
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    Sonia Varela
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I would not recommend this book. If you want to read books by authors who committed suicide I can think of a lot more who have written better ones. I can even think of better Jerzy Kosinski books for that matter. I tried really hard to like this book but I thought the plot was boring and it didn't seem believable at all since the main character was a boy who is only 12 when the book ends. I think if you want a good book by an author who committed suicide maybe reach for anything by Hemingway instead."
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    #14Chess Story

    Chess Story

    Chess Story is a classic fiction in German literature written by Stefan Zweig. Also known as The Royal Game, this book is translated by Joel Rotenberg. First published in 1941, this book is published in 2005 by NY Review Books Classics.

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    Jack Green
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Chess Story is one of the best books written by authors who committed suicide. It was first published in the 40s and gives you a really interesting perspective of depression. It is a classic fiction story that people of all ages will love."
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    #15To the Lighthouse

    To the Lighthouse
    To the Lighthouse is an award-winning novel written by renowned literary icon Virginia Woolf. It was first released in 1927 and won the Northcliffe and Femina Vie Heureuse prizes. Since then, it was translated into many languages. 
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    Jessica Harper
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "This book really tries to hard. Some parts of it are beautiful and thought provoking. And then a lot of the book was just "overdone". I'm fairly intelligent, and i had a hard time understanding what the author was talking about at times. This book is really just trying to hard. I dont suggest it unless you enjoy a headache."

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Best What are the best books written by authors who committed suicide
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Bell JarBooks 43 Paid
2For Whom the Bell TollsBooks 38 Paid
3Fear and Loathing in Las VegasBooks 36 Paid
4A Farewell To ArmsBooks 35 Paid
5Infinite JestBooks 33 Paid
6The Old Man and the SeaBooks 31 Paid
7A Moveable FeastBooks 29 Paid
8The Stories of Breece D'J PancakeBooks 27 Paid
9It's Kind of a Funny StoryBooks 24 Paid
10A Room of One's OwnBooks 23 Paid
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