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    23 Famous Authors' Last Words

    Authors spend their lives expressing life's intricacies. Their last words capture this elegance.

    1. Aldous Huxley

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    Aldous Huxley requested his wife to give him an injection of LSD right before death, so he could pass away in a state of mind of his own choosing.

    2. Voltaire

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    Voltaire's final words in response to a priest asking him to renounce Satan.

    3. Hunter S. Thompson

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    The final words in his suicide note, before shooting himself in the head.

    4. J.M. Barrie

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    Before his death, Barrie gave the rights to Peter Pan to London's Great Ormond Street Hospital. They continue to benefit from royalties.

    5. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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    Goethe had discussed optical phenomenon with his daughter-in-law the night before his death.

    6. Jane Austen

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    When asked by her sister what she wanted, this was Jane Austen's response.

    7. Edgar Allan Poe

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    Poe's death is a mystery, with still no clear idea of what actually transpired in his last few days.

    8. Anton Chekhov

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    On his death bed, Chekhov requested morphine and champagne from his doctor right before he passed away.

    9. Leo Tolstoy

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    Tolstoy, in his final days, fled his mansion and tried to live amongst the people.

    10. Henry David Thoreau

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    It is unknown what exactly Thoreau was referencing with his final words.

    11. James Joyce

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    James Joyce died of a failed surgery, in the presence of his wife and son.

    12. W.C. Fields

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    Carlotta was Fields' mistress, and also the person present for his final words.

    13. Emily Dickinson

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    Emily Dickinson experienced blackouts and was confined to bed for seven months before her death.

    14. Washington Irving

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    Washington Irving, author of Sleepy Hollow, is buried in the actual Sleepy Hollow, New York.

    15. Lord Byron

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    Lord Byron died in Greece of a fever, while fighting the Ottomans.

    16. Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

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    Although Montagu spent the majority of her life away from England, she passed away in her home at London.

    17. Franz Kafka

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    The last spoken words of Kafka were directed at a doctor who was unwilling to give him a lethal dose of morphine. He was dying of tuberculosis and couldn't speak in his final days.

    18. Elizabeth Barret Browning

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    This was uttered in response to the question of how she was feeling.

    19. Eugene O'Neill

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    O'Neill died of pneumonia, after suffering from a Parkinson's-like disease that rendered him physically unable to write for years.

    20. Charlotte Bronte

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    Charlotte Bronte had only been married for nine months when she died.

    21. Truman Capote

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    Buddy was Capote's childhood nickname.

    22. Lewis Carroll

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    Known for his children's books, Carroll — a pen name — was also a mathematician and photographer.

    23. O. Henry

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    Cirrhosis of the liver caused by alcoholism was thought to be the cause Henry's death, as well as a leading factor for a decline in the number of stories he wrote toward the end.

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