Death, Dying, Grief and Mourning

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Death in Western Literature

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Author,
Title
 


Death
 


Date
 

 
 


 1.  Unknown, Gilgamesh

 2.  King James, The Bible, Deuteronomy 32 & 34

 3.  King James, The Bible, Ecclesiastes 9 & 12

 4.  Unknown, Book of J. 177 & 178

 5.  Homer, The Iliad

     The Trojan Wars (Translation, Pope, 1760)

     The Trojan Wars (Translation, Fitzgerald, 1974) 

 6.  Aeschylus, Agamemnon

 7.  Thucydides, Pericles, The Funeral Speech

 8.  Sophocles,

     Oedipus The King (Translation, Green)

     Oedipus, The King (Translation, Murray)

 9.  Euripides,

     Alcestis (Translation Richard Aldington)

     Medea

    The Trojan Women (Translation, Murray)

10.  Plato, Phaedo

11.  Gaius, Velerius Catullus, # 101

12.  Ovid, Metamorphoses

13.  King James, New Testament

      Gospel According to Mathew 27:35 – 28:20

      Gospel According to John 20: 1 – 18

      Gospel According to Mark 15:24 – 16:20

14.  Hippolytus, The Story of a Maiden of Cornith

15.  Gregory of Nyssa,  Life of Macrina

16.  Theodoret, Of the Massacre of Thessalonica

17.  John of Apamea, Ecclesiastical History (Fragments)

18.  Jacob of Sarug, The Fall of the Idols 

19.  The Holy Qur’an
 


Enkidu

Moses

Humankind

Moses 

Patroklos

Sarpedon

Sarpedon 

Agamemnon

Greek Soldiers 

 

Jocasta

Jocasta

 

Alcestis

Her Children

Astyanax

Socrates

Brother

Pyramus & Thisbe

 

Jesus

Jesus 

Jesus 

Nobel Youth

Macrina

Towns’ people

Soldiers

Martyr

Believers
 


3000 BCE

1405  

931

900

720 

680

680 

458 

431

 

427

427    

 

430

428 

417

360 

57

1   CE

 

50

80-90

140

240 Est. 

375 Est.

419 Est.

448-449

500-521

610-632
 

 
 


20. 
Plutarch, Moralia

21.  Bulfinch Mythology, Legends of Charlemagne

22.  Arabian Nights, Angel of Death

23.  Roswitha, Dulcitus

24.  The Battle of Maldon

25.  Beowulf

26.  Snirru Sturluson, Prose Edda, The Death of Balder

27.  Unknown, Chanson de Roland

28.  Omar Khayyam, Rubaiyat

29.  Hildegard of Bingen, Scivias

30 The Sagas of the Icelanders, Viga Glum’s Saga

31  J. Bedieren, The Romance of Tristan and Iseult

32.  Dante Alighieri, La Vita Nuova

33.  Giovanni Boccaccio, The Decameron

34.  Geoffrey Chaucer, Knight’s Tales

35.  Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte d’Arthur

36.  Christopher Marlowe, Dr. Faustus

37.  Shakespeare

      Richard II

      Othello

      Hamlet

      Henry V 

      Anthony & Cleopatra

      King Lear

      Macbeth

38.  Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote

39.  John Milton, Paradise Lost

40.  Johathan Swift, Gulliver’s Travel’s

41.  Wolfgang Von Goethe, Sorrows of Young Werther
 


Daughter

Rinaldo

The Proud, The Devout

Irena

Brythnoth

Beowulf

Balder

Roland

Omar Khayyam

Martyrs

Thorvald Tafald

Tristan & Iseult

Beatrice

Salvestra & Girolamo

Arcite

King Arthur

Faustus

 

Richard 

Othello & Desdemona

Ophelia

Falstaff

Cleopatra

Lear/Cordelia

Lady Macbeth

Don Quixote

Redeemer

Burial Rites

Werther
 


611

768

850

965

991

1000

1015

1090

1115 

1141

1200’s

1209

1292

1348

1387

1469

1588

 

1597

1601

1603

1605

1605

1606

1606

1615

1674

1726

1774
 

 
 


42.  Sir Walter Scott,
The Bride of Lammermoor

43.  Mary Shelley, The Last Man

44.  James Fenimore Cooper, The Last of the Mohicans   

45.  Marie Henri Beyle (Stendhal), Red & Black 

46.  Victor Hugo, Hunchback of Notre Dame  

47.  Alexander Pushkin, Queen of Spades

48.  Charles Dickens

       Oliver Twist

       The Old Curiosity Shop

49.  Honoré de Balzac, Lost Illusions

50.  Hans Christian Andersen, The Little Match-Seller

51.  Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre

52.  Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights

53.  Anne Bronte, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

54.  Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary

55.  Herman Melville, Moby Dick

56.  Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom’s Cabin 1852

57.  George Eliot, Mill on the Floss

58.  Walt Whitman, Death of a Pennsylvania Soldier

59.  Fyodor Dostoevsky

      Crime & Punishment, Friend

      Crime & Punishment, Pawnbroker

      Crime & Punishment, Pawnbroker’s Sister 

60.  Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

61.  Anthony Trollope, The Way We Live Now

62.  Emile Zola, Nana

63.  Henry James, Portrait of a Lady

64.  Leo Tolstoy

       War and Peace

       Anna Karenina

       Death of Ivan Ilych
 


Lucy

Son & Wife

Cora & Magua

Julien Sorel 

Priest & Esmerelda

Countess & Ghost

 

Nancy 

Little Nell

Lucien/ Suicide Thoughts

Match-girl

Bertha Rochester

Catherine

Arthur Huntingdon

Madame Bovary

Death of Old Whale

Little Eva

Tom & Maggie

Frank H. Irwin 

 

Marmeladov 

Alena Ivanovna

Lizaveta

Beth

Melmotte

Nana 

Ralph Touchett

 

Prince Andrey

Anna Karenina

Ivan Ilych
 


1818

1826

1826

1830

1831

1834

 

1838

1841

1843

1846

1847

1847

1848

1848

1849

1852

1860

1865

 

1867 

1867

1867

1869

1875

1880

1881

 

1869

1877

1886
 

 
 


65.  Oscar Wilde,
The Picture of Dorian Gray

66.  Joseph Conrad, An Outcast of the Islands

67.  Steven Crane, The Red Badge of Courage

68.  Anton Chekhov, The Bishop

69.  Mark Twain, The Death of Jean 

70.  D.H. Lawrence, Sons and Lovers

71.  Franz Kafka

      Metamorphosis  

      The Trial 

72.  Thomas Mann

       Death in Venice

       Magic Mountain 

73.  John Galsworthy, The Forsyte Saga

74.  Marcel Proust, Guermantes Way

75.  James Joyce, Ulysses

76.  Theodore Dreiser

      Sister Carrie

      An American Tragedy

77.  Katherine Mansfield, The Canary/ Dove’s Nest

78.  Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway

79.  F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

80.  Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises

81.  Willa Cather, Death Comes for the Archbishop

82.  Erich M. Remarque, All Quiet On the Western Front

83.  William Faulkner

       As I Lay Dying

       Light in August

       Delta Autumn
 


Dorian Gray

Willems

The Tall Soldier 

The Bishop

Jean, Daughter

Mother

 

Gregor Samsa

Herr K

 

Gustav Aschenbach 

Joachim Ziemssen

Old Jolyon & Balthasar

Grandmother

Patty Digham’s Funeral

 

Hurstwood

Roberta & Clyde 

The Canary

Septimus

Gatsby

Bull

Fa. Jean Marie Latour

French Soldier

 

Addie

Joe Christmas

McCaslin


1890

1895

1896

1902

1904

1913

 

1915

1925

 

1915

1925

1918

1921

1925

 

1900

1925

1923

1925

1925

1926

1927

1928

 

1929

1932

1940

 
 


84.  Helen Zenna Smith, Not so Quiet on the Western Front

85.  Vita Sackville-West, All Passion Spent

86.  Katherine Anne Porter

      The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

      Pale Horse, Pale Rider

      Ship of Fools

87.  Joseph Roth

      The Radetzky March

      The Tale of the 1002nd Night

88.  Audous Huxley

       Brave New World

       Brave New World

89.  Radclyffe Hall, Miss Ogilvy Finds Herself

90.  John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men

91.  Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God

92.  Caroline Slade, The Triumph of Willie Pond

93.  Eudora Welty, Death of a Traveling Salesman

94.  Irene Nemirovsky

       David Golder

       Suite Francaise

95.  Albert Camus, The Stranger

96.  Simone De Beauvoir, She Came to Stay

97.  Conrad Richter, The Town

98.  Harold Robbins, A Stone For Danny Fisher

99.  Flannery O’Connor, Wise Blood

100. Farley Mowat, The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be

101. Truman Capote

        A Christmas Memory

        In Cold Blood

102.  Carson McCullers, Clock Without Hands
 


Women - WWI

Lady Slane

 

Granny

Adam

Echegaray, The Basque

 

Emperor Francis Joseph

Von Taittinger

 

Linda

Savage

Miss Ogilvy

Lenny

Tea Cake

Willie Pond

R. J. Bowman

 

David Golder

Charlie Langelet

The Arab

Xaviere 

Mother Sayward

Danny Fisher

Mr. Motes

Mutt

 

Cousin

Hickock

J. T. Malone
 


1930

1931

 

1929

1936

1945

 

1932

1939

 

1932

1932

1934

1937

1938

1940

1941

 

1929

1941

1942

1943

1950

1951

1952

1957

 

1958

1965

1960
 

 
 


103.  Nevil Shute,  Trustee from the Tool Room

104.  Joseph Heller, Catch 22

105.  C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed

106.  Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine

107.  Eva Figes, Waking

108.  John le Carre', Smiley’s People

109.  Toni Morrison, Beloved

110.  Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Love in the Time of Cholera

111.  Adam Zameenzad, My Friend Matt

112.  Sebastien Japrisot, A Very Long Engagement

113.  Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient

114.  Jose΄ Saramago, The Gospel According to Jesus Christ

115.  Jennifer Lash, Blood Ties

116.  Charles Frazier, Cold Mountain

117.  Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible

118.  Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones

119.  Monique Truong, The Book of Salt

120.  Harold Pinter, Death etc.


John Dermott and wife

Snowden

Wife, Helen Joy

Great-grandma

Woman in Old Age

Leipzig

Sethe

Dr. Juveral Urbino

Golam et.al.

French Soldiers

English Patient

Death of Jesus

Birkin

Inman

African Gray Parrot

Susie Salmon 

Mother & Pigeon

Anonymous Body

 

 


1960

1961

1961

1975

1981

1982

1987

1988

1988

1991

1992

1994

1997

1997

1998

2002

2003

2005

 

 

                                                                                                                                                    

 

Adrienne Nater, 2008

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