Yes, December brings lights, joys, and smiles to all faces – it brings snow and fog. But as Emily Dickinson’s last words go ‘I must go in, the fog is rising. Here is a list of famous authors who died in December.
Famous Authors Who Died in December | Writers Who Left Us In December
Emily Jane Bronte was born in Yorkshire, England on July 30, 1818. Her pen name was Ellis Bell. She wrote her poems and novel during the Romantic Period. Bronte’s introverted and isolated nature has made her an enigmatic figure and a dare for biographers. The renowned work of Bronte, ‘Wuthering Heights’ impressed the Victorian readers so much that they believed it was written by a man. In 1848, Emily’s physical health got worse and her lung inflammation led to tuberculosis but she rejected any and every medical help stating she would not allow any poisoning doctor near her. On December 19, 1848, at around two in the afternoon, Emily Bronte passed away.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Scott Fitzgerald was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota in the year 1896 on September 24. The popular American novelist was known for his articulate depiction of flamboyance and the Jazz Age. Some of his quality works that speak a lot of the age and his writing style are The Great Gatsby, The Beautiful and Damned, and Tender is the Night. Fitzgerald had a difficult life with his beloved Zelda who was diagnosed to have schizophrenia. On December 21, 1940, at the age of 44, in Hollywood, California one of America’s greatest writers of the 20th century, F. Scott Fitzgerald passed away.
Mary Ann Evans known by her pen name George Eliot was born in Warwickshire, England on November 22, 1819. She wrote during the Victorian Era. Some of her notable works are The Mill on the Floss, Middlemarch, Daniel Deronda, and Adam Bede. She chose to publish her works by using her pen name to seclude her private life and relationship and she wanted the readers to judge but not based on her gender. Virginia Woolf on Middlemarch stated that it is one of the very few English novels written for the group readers. On December 22, 1880, at the age of 61 due to a throat infection added with kidney disease George Eliot passed away in Chelsea, London.
John Steinbeck was born in Salinas, California on February 27, in the year 1902. Some of his notable works are – Of Mice and Men, In Dubious Battle, The Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden and Travels with Charley. Steinbeck won the Nobel Prize in Literature in the year 1962 for his imaginative and realistic writings, as they contain fanatical social acuity and compassionate humor. His writings primarily covered the themes of injustice and fate, especially as portrayed through everyman protagonists. On December 20, 1968, at the age of 66 due to congestive heart failure, John Steinbeck passed away.
Robert Louis Stevenson
Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on November 13, 1850. Some of his notable contributions are – Treasure Island, Kidnapped, A Child’s Garden of Verses, and Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Although the Scottish writer suffered from severe bronchial issues for most of his life, he never gave up his creative writings. In the year 2018, Stevenson was ranked as the 26th-most-translated writer in the world, just behind Charles Dickens. On December 3, 1894, probably due to cerebral hemorrhage, at the age of 44, in Vailima, Samoa Robert Louis Stevenson passed away.
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