alcoholics Writers Who Died of Alcoholism  

Steve Shafer

Writers are known for their sometimes dramatic deaths; often linked to drug overdoses and psychotic breaks. However, alcoholism also plays a part in the demise of the most famous of character creators. Which writers have died from alcoholism? From Truman Capote to F. Scott Fitzgerald, this list confronts the deaths of some of the greats that succumbed to alcoholism.

Many writers of the 20th Century - worryingly, many of them American - struggled with alcohol addiction. There is debate among some as to whether these addictions added to their greatness or were simply a numbing agent for other problems in their lives. It offers a different perspective on the worlds they create, such as that of The Great Gatsby. Is the scene Fitzgerald paints a celebration of the richness of life or a dark reflection of his own struggles?

With the glittering lifestyle that these writers lead when they reached fame, it is unsurprising that they were confronted with temptation that led to their disease. This list acknowledges the deaths of those great writers who died of alcoholism, along with their most famous works. 

F. Scott Fitzgerald

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On December 21, 1940, The Great Gatsby author F. Scott Fitzgerald died of a heart attack after years of alcohol abuse - an eerie mirror of the very lifestyle he depicted in his classic novel. He was 44 years old.
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