Death, Dying, Grief and Mourning

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Death in Western Literature

Chronology & Authors

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Author,
Title
 


Death
 


Date
 

 
 


120.  Harold Pinter, Death etc.

119.  Monique Truong, The Book of Salt

118.  Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones

117.  Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible

116.  Charles Frazier, Cold Mountain

115.  Jennifer Lash, Blood Ties

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

113.  Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient

112.  Sebastien Japrisot, A Very Long Engagement

111.  Adam Zameenzad, My Friend Matt

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

109.  Toni Morrison, Beloved

108.  John le Carre', Smiley’s People

107.  Eva Figes, Waking

106.  Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine

105.  C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed

104.  Joseph Heller, Catch 22

103.  Nevil Shute,  Trustee from the Tool Room
 


Anonymous Body

Mother and Pigeon

Susie Salmon 

African Gray Parrot

Inman

Birkin

Death of Jesus

English Patient

French Soldiers

Golam et.al.

Dr. Juveral Urbino

Sethe

Leipzig

Woman in Old Age

Great-grandma

Wife, Helen Joy

Snowden

John Dermott and wife
 


2005

2003

2002

1998

1997

1997

1994

1992

1991

1988

1988

1987

1982

1981

1975

1961

1961

1960
 

 
 


102.  Carson McCullers, Clock Without Hands

101.  Truman Capote

        A Christmas Memory

        In Cold Blood

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

99.  Flannery O’Connor, Wise Blood

98.  Harold Robbins, A Stone For Danny Fisher

97.  Conrad Richter, The Town

96.  Simone De Beauvoir, She Came to Stay

95.  Albert Camus, The Stranger

94.  Irene Nemirovsky

       David Golder

       Suite Francaise

93.  Eudora Welty, Death of a Traveling Salesman

92.  Caroline Slade, The Triumph of Willie Pond

91.  Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God

90.  John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men

89.  Radclyffe Hall, Miss Ogilvy Finds Herself

88.  Audous Huxley

       Brave New World

       Brave New World

87.  Joseph Roth

      The Radetzky March

      The Tale of the 1002nd Night

86.  Katherine Anne Porter

      The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

      Pale Horse, Pale Rider

      Ship of Fools

85.  Vita Sackville-West, All Passion Spent

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


J. T. Malone

 

Cousin

Hickock

Mutt

Mr. Motes

Danny Fisher

Mother Sayward

Xaviere

The Arab

 

David Golder

Charlie Langelet

R. J. Bowman

Willie Pond

Tea Cake

Lenny

Miss Ogilvy

 

Linda

Savage

 

Emperor Francis Joseph

Von Taittinger

 

Granny

Adam

Echegaray, The Basque

Lady Slane

Women - WWI
 


1960

 

1958

1965

1957

1952

1951

1950

1943

1942

 

1929

1941

1941

1940

1938

1937

1934

 

1932

1932

 

1932

1939

 

1929

1936

1945

1931

1930

 
 


83.  William Faulkner

       As I Lay Dying

       Light in August

       Delta Autumn

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

81.  Willa Cather, Death Comes for the Archbishop

80.  Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises

79.  F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

78.  Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway

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

76.  Theodore Dreiser

      Sister Carrie

      An American Tragedy

75.  James Joyce, Ulysses

74.  Marcel Proust, Guermantes Way

73.  John Galsworthy, The Forsyte Saga

72.  Thomas Mann

       Death in Venice

       Magic Mountain 

71.  Franz Kafka

      Metamorphosis  

      The Trial 

70.  D.H. Lawrence, Sons and Lovers

69.  Mark Twain, The Death of Jean 

68.  Anton Chekhov, The Bishop

67.  Steven Crane, The Red Badge of Courage

66.  Joseph Conrad, An Outcast of the Islands

65.  Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
 


 

Addie

Joe Christmas

McCaslin

French Soldier

Fa. Jean Marie Latour

Bull

Gatsby

Septimus

The Canary

 

Hurstwood

Roberta & Clyde 

Patty Digham’s Funeral

Grandmother

Old Jolyon & Balthasar

 

Gustav Aschenbach 

Joachim Ziemssen

 

Gregor Samsa

Herr K

Mother

Jean, Daughter

The Bishop

The Tall Soldier 

Willems

Dorian Gray


 

1929

1932

1940

1928

1927

1926

1925

1925

1923

 

1900

1925

1925

1921

1918

 

1915

1925

 

1915

1925

1913

1904

1902

1896

1895

1890

 
 


64.  Leo Tolstoy

       War and Peace

       Anna Karenina

       Death of Ivan Ilych

63.  Henry James, Portrait of a Lady

62.  Emile Zola, Nana

61.  Anthony Trollope, The Way We Live Now

60.  Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

59.  Fyodor Dostoevsky

      Crime & Punishment, Friend

      Crime & Punishment, Pawnbroker

      Crime & Punishment, Pawnbroker’s Sister 

58.  Walt Whitman, Death of a Pennsylvania Soldier

57.  George Eliot, Mill on the Floss

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

55.  Herman Melville, Moby Dick

54.  Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary

53.  Anne Bronte, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

52.  Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights

51.  Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre

50.  Hans Christian Andersen, The Little Match-Seller

49.  Honoré de Balzac, Lost Illusions

48.  Charles Dickens

       Oliver Twist

       The Old Curiosity Shop

47.  Alexander Pushkin, Queen of Spades

46.  Victor Hugo, Hunchback of Notre Dame  

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

44.  James Fenimore Cooper, The Last of the Mohicans   

43.  Mary Shelley, The Last Man

42.  Sir Walter Scott, The Bride of Lammermoor
 


 

Prince Andrey

Anna Karenina

Ivan Ilych

Ralph Touchett

Nana

Melmotte

Beth

 

Marmeladov 

Alena Ivanovna

Lizaveta

Frank H. Irwin 

Tom & Maggie

Little Eva

Death of Old Whale

Madame Bovary

Arthur Huntingdon

Catherine

Bertha Rochester

Match-girl

Lucien/ Suicide Thoughts

 

Nancy 

Little Nell

Countess & Ghost

Priest & Esmerelda

Julien Sorel 

Cora & Magua

Son & Wife

Lucy
 


 

1869

1877

1886

1881

1880

1875

1869

 

1867 

1867

1867

1865

1860

1852

1849

1848

1848

1847

1847

1846

1843

 

1838

1841

1834

1831

1830

1826

1826

1818
 

 
 


41.  Wolfgang Von Goethe, Sorrows of Young Werther

40.  Johathan Swift, Gulliver’s Travel’s

39.  John Milton, Paradise Lost

38.  Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote

37.  Shakespeare

      Richard II

      Othello

      Hamlet

      Henry V 

      Anthony & Cleopatra

      King Lear

      Macbeth

36.  Christopher Marlowe, Dr. Faustus

35.  Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte d’Arthur

34.  Geoffrey Chaucer, Knight’s Tales

33.  Giovanni Boccaccio, The Decameron

32.  Dante Alighieri, La Vita Nuova

31.  J. Bedieren, The Romance of Tristan and Iseult

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

29.  Hildegard of Bingen, Scivias

28.  Omar Khayyam, Rubaiyat

27.  Unknown, Chanson de Roland

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

25.  Beowulf

24.  The Battle of Maldon

23.  Roswitha, Dulcitus

22.  Arabian Nights, Angel of Death

21.  Legends of Charlemagne


Werther

Burial Rites

Redeemer

Don Quixote

 

Richard 

Othello & Desdemona

Ophelia

Falstaff

Cleopatra

Lear/Cordelia

Lady Macbeth

Faustus

King Arthur

Arcite

Salvestra & Girolamo

Beatrice

Tristan & Iseult

Thorvald Tafald

Martyrs

Omar Khayyam

Roland

Balder

Beowulf

Brythnoth

Irena

The Proud, The Devout

Rinaldo
 


1774

1726

1674

1615

 

1597

1601

1603

1605

1605

1606

1606

1588

1469

1387

1348

1292

1209

1200’s

1141

1115 

1090

1015

1000

991

965

850

768

 
 

 

20.  Plutarch, Moralia

19.  The Holy Qur’an

18.  Jacob of Sarug, The Fall of the Idols 

17.  John of Apamea, Ecclesiastical History (Fragments)

16.  Theodoret, Of the Massacre of Thessalonica

15.  Gregory of Nyssa,  Life of Macrina

14.  Hippolytus, The Story of a Maiden of Cornith

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

12.  Ovid, Metamorphoses

11.  Gaius, Velerius Catullus, # 101

10.  Plato, Phaedo

 9.  Euripides,

     Alcestis (Translation Richard Aldington)

     Medea

    The Trojan Women (Translation, Murray)

 8.  Sophocles,

     Oedipus The King (Translation, Green)

     Oedipus, The King (Translation, Murray)

 7.  Thucydides, Pericles, The Funeral Speech

 6.  Aeschylus, Agamemnon

 5.  Homer, The Iliad

     The Trojan Wars (Translation, Pope, 1760)

     The Trojan Wars (Translation, Fitzgerald, 1974) 

 4.  Unknown, Book of J. 177 & 178

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

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

 1.  Unknown, Gilgamesh
 

 

Daughter

Believers

Martyr

Soldiers

Towns’ people

Macrina

Nobel Youth

 

Jesus

Jesus 

Jesus 

Pyramus & Thisbe

Brother

Socrates

 

Alcestis

Her Children

Astyanax

 

Jocasta

Jocasta

Greek Soldiers 

Agamemnon

Patroklos

Sarpedon

Sarpedon 

Moses

Humankind

Moses

Enkidu

 

 

611

610-632

500-521

448-449

419 Est.

375 Est.

240 Est. 

 

50

80-90

140

1  

57 BCE

360 

 

417

430

428 

 

427

427    

431

458 

720 

680

680 

900

931

1405  

3000 BCE

 
         
         

     

                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                  

                                                                                                                                                    

 

Adrienne Nater, 2008

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