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Authors: David Lester (Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Pomona, NJ) 
Book Description:
There have been thousands of scholarly articles written on the topic of suicide, including a few by the author, and the scientific method, combined with statistical analysis, has been applied to studies of the suicide rates of nations (over time and across regions) and to (sometimes large) samples of individuals. This book addresses the question of why people kill themselves, and in order to help clarify this topic, the author presents the background of some famous suicides. There are papers informing us that suicides peak in the spring, that the majority (but not all) suicides would probably be given a psychiatric diagnosis, that loss of a parent is common in the childhoods of suicides, and many other fascinating results. Yet, when we read a superficial news story or hear of a friend or colleague who committed suicide, we still feel puzzled. Those research findings that we read seem to be neither necessary nor sufficient conditions for someone to commit suicide. The biographers of famous people explore the details of their lives so that we can learn more about them than we do of an ordinary person who commits suicide.

Table of Contents:

Chapter 1 - Diane Arbus: Photographer of freaks pp.1-6

Chapter 2 - Elizabeth Cady Stanton: The Rational Suicide of an Early Feminist pp.7-10

Chapter 3 - Dora Carrington: In Love with a Homosexual pp.11-14

Chapter 4 - Thomas Chatterton: Writing under an Alias pp.15-18

Chapter 5 - Vladimir Kovalevskii: A Marriage of Convenience pp.19-24

Chapter 6 - Crown Prince Rudolph: A Prince without Power pp.25-30

Chapter 7 - Kurt Cobain: From Nirvana to Nirvana pp.31-36

Chapter 8 - Jerzy Kosinski: Inventing a Life pp.37-44

Chapter 9 - Joseph Goebbels: Hitler's Favorite pp.45-50

Chapter 10 - Henry Delves Broughton: The Murder Sensation of 1941 pp.51-54

Chapter 11 - Phil Ochs: Not as successful as Bob Dylan pp.55-62

Chapter 12 - Viscount Castlereagh: Even Paranoids have real enemies pp.63-68

Chapter 13 - Primo Levi: Survivor of Auschwitz but not old age pp.69-74

Chapter 14 - The Luxtons: Back to Nature pp.75-78

Chapter 15 - Robert Maxwell: Suicide or Murder? pp.79-86

Chapter 16 - Francois Genoud: Banker for the Nazis pp.87-88

Chapter 17 - Eleanor Marx: Daddy's Girl pp.89-94

Chapter 18 - Paul Bern: Hollywood Movie Producer pp.95-98

Chapter 19 - Victor Tausk: Freud's Pupil pp.99-104

Chapter 20 - Povl-Bang Jensen: Death at the UN pp.105-108

Chapter 21 - Stephen Ward: Victim of Hypocrisy pp.109-114

Chapter 22 - Simone Weil: A Most Difficult Person pp.115-120

Chapter 23 - Virginia Woolf: Another Bloomsbury Suicide pp.121-126

Chapter 24 - Gabrielle Russier: A Miscarriage of Justice in France pp.127-132

Chapter 25 - Vladimir Mayakovsky: Soviet Poet pp.133-136

Chapter 26 - O. Hobert Mowrer: President of the American Psychological Association pp.137-144

Chapter 27 - Jo Roman: Planning a Rational Suicide pp.145-148

Chapter 28 - Cesare Pavese: An Absurd Vice pp.149-156

Chapter 29 - Ernest Hemingway: Macho Man pp.157-168

Chapter 30 - Yukio Mishima: Seppuku pp.169-176

Chapter 31 - What have we learned? pp.177-182



Appendix: Jerzy Feliks Urman: "I?m not even a grown-up"


   Binding: Hardcover
   Pub. Date: 2008, 3rd Quarter
   Pages: 203 pp.
   ISBN: 978-1-60456-573-7
   Status: AV
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