Interesting Literature

Sometimes authors don’t shuffle off this mortal coil quietly or – for want of a better word – normally. Sometimes they meet a sticky and untimely end, and sometimes myths build up around an author’s demise and we come to accept legend as fact. So what follows is part blog post, part quiz: we present you with nine of the most unusual author deaths, and then underneath we tell you whether the nature of that death is factually correct or not. If you’d like to play along, have a guess for each one before you get to the ‘True or False?’ bit. (Warning: sometimes, in the interests of factual accuracy, there isn’t a definite answer. Sorry: blame the authors for not dying better.)


1. Greek playwright Aeschylus was killed by a falling tortoise. The story goes that an eagle dropped the tortoise – believing it was an egg – on the…

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