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Close Calls In Literary History: 10 Writers' Brushes With Death

Learn just how close the reaper came to taking literary classics like To the Lighthouse, The Bell Jar, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and more.

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Last November, The Airship covered eight writers who almost died before their time and how it affected their work. It was a fantastic list, but it failed to include any female writers and received a fair deal of social media shaming for it. It was embarrassing, to say the least; that’s just not what we’re about here at The Airship.

Now, we couldn’t apologize without evening the scales, so we’ve compiled a new list — and we’re not calling it “Women Writers Who Almost Died Before Their Time” (that’s looking at you, Wikipedia). Here are 10 more great writers who we almost lost before we found them:

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