Books·Posted on Oct 22, 201323 Famous Authors' Last WordsAuthors spend their lives expressing life's intricacies. Their last words capture this elegance.by Jeremy BenderBuzzFeed FellowFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 1. Aldous Huxley famousauthors.org 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 myartprints.com Voltaire's final words in response to a priest asking him to renounce Satan. 3. Hunter S. Thompson MDCarchives / Via commons.wikimedia.org The final words in his suicide note, before shooting himself in the head. 4. J.M. Barrie britannica.com 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 en.wikipedia.org Goethe had discussed optical phenomenon with his daughter-in-law the night before his death. 6. Jane Austen Portrait Gallery of the Perry–Castañeda Library / Via en.wikipedia.org When asked by her sister what she wanted, this was Jane Austen's response. 7. Edgar Allan Poe thefollowing.wikia.com Poe's death is a mystery, with still no clear idea of what actually transpired in his last few days. 8. Anton Chekhov en.wikipedia.org On his death bed, Chekhov requested morphine and champagne from his doctor right before he passed away. 9. Leo Tolstoy http://F.W. Taylor / Via commons.wikimedia.org Tolstoy, in his final days, fled his mansion and tried to live amongst the people. 10. Henry David Thoreau commons.wikimedia.org It is unknown what exactly Thoreau was referencing with his final words. 11. James Joyce C. Ruf / Via commons.wikimedia.org James Joyce died of a failed surgery, in the presence of his wife and son. 12. W.C. Fields Bain News Service / Via commons.wikimedia.org Carlotta was Fields' mistress, and also the person present for his final words. 13. Emily Dickinson William C. North / Via commons.wikimedia.org Emily Dickinson experienced blackouts and was confined to bed for seven months before her death. 14. Washington Irving Matthew Brady / Via commons.wikimedia.org Washington Irving, author of Sleepy Hollow, is buried in the actual Sleepy Hollow, New York. 15. Lord Byron commons.wikimedia.org Lord Byron died in Greece of a fever, while fighting the Ottomans. 16. Lady Mary Wortley Montagu Jonathan Richardson / Via commons.wikimedia.org Although Montagu spent the majority of her life away from England, she passed away in her home at London. 17. Franz Kafka commons.wikimedia.org 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 Macaire Havre / Via commons.wikimedia.org This was uttered in response to the question of how she was feeling. 19. Eugene O'Neill Carl Van Vechten / Via commons.wikimedia.org 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 Evert A. Duyckinick / Via commons.wikimedia.org Charlotte Bronte had only been married for nine months when she died. 21. Truman Capote Roger Higgins / Via commons.wikimedia.org Buddy was Capote's childhood nickname. 22. Lewis Carroll Hubert von Herkomer / Via commons.wikimedia.org Known for his children's books, Carroll — a pen name — was also a mathematician and photographer. 23. O. Henry A. Newcomb / Via commons.wikimedia.org 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.