• 1. Ernest Hemingway

    Ernest Hemingway

    Spoken to his wife before he killed himself. (Image via)

  • 2. Charles Dickens

    Charles Dickens

    He suffered a stroke outside his home and was asking to be laid on the ground. (Image via)

  • 3. Voltaire


    When asked by a priest to renounce Satan. (Image via)

  • 4. L. Frank Baum

    L. Frank Baum

    The author of The Wizard Of Oz was referring to the Shifting Sands, the desert surrounding Oz. (Image via)

  • 5. George Bernard Shaw

    George Bernard Shaw

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  • 6. Hunter S. Thompson

    Hunter S. Thompson

    The last sentence on his suicide note. (Image via)

  • 7. Henrik Ibsen

    Henrik Ibsen

    This was his response to a nurse who said he was a little better. (Image via)

  • 8. Dylan Thomas

    Dylan Thomas

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  • 9. J.M. Barrie

    J.M. Barrie

    Author of Peter Pan.(Image via)

  • 10. Louisa May Alcott

    Louisa May Alcott

    Alcott did not have meningitis, though she believed it to be so. She died from mercury poison. (Image via)

  • 11. Hans Christian Andersen

    Hans Christian Andersen

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  • 12. Jane Austen

    Jane Austen

    In response to her sister, Cassandra, who was asking her if she wanted anything? (Image via)

  • 13. Anton Chekhov

    Anton Chekhov

    Dying from Tuberculosis, his doctor had given him champagne to ease the pain. (Image via)

  • 14. Jean Cocteau

    Jean Cocteau

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  • 15. W.C. Fields

    W.C. Fields

    “Carlotta” was Carlotta Monti, actress and his mistress. (Image via)

  • 16. Thomas Hobbes

    Thomas Hobbes

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  • 17. Washington Irving

    Washington Irving

    Speaking to his niece. (Image via)

  • 18. Mark Twain

    Mark Twain

    Speaking to his daughter Clara. (Image via)

  • 19. Leo Tolstoy

    Leo Tolstoy

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  • 20. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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  • 21. James Joyce

    James Joyce

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  • 22. H.G. Wells

    H.G. Wells

    He didn’t know he was dying. (Image via)

  • 23. Henry David Thoreau

    Henry David Thoreau

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  • 24. Edgar Allan Poe

    Edgar Allan Poe

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  • 25. Alfred Jarry

    Alfred Jarry

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