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pnagami
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Post by pnagami » April 12th, 2017, 6:12 pm

In searching for the dates of death of little known writers, I have sometimes been startled by poignant glimpses into the authors' lives.
After some search I found the date of death of Albert Keim (1876-1947), who wrote the biography of Louis Pasteur I recorded, but only after I learned that his brother and others of his family had died in the Holocaust.
Just now after long search, I found the date of death of an author I wish to read, Charles Anthony Vince, M.A. (1855-1929), but only after finding myself at the memorial of his son, Lieutenant William Lang Vince, killed in action in France in 1917, age 27.
Still, it is good to feel this sadness for those who have gone before us and to bring them back to life, as it were, through their works.

Pam
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Post by VfkaBT » April 15th, 2017, 7:47 am

I know how you feel. For a couple of years, I thought that the Dutch poet Emmy V Sanders perished in WWII because I knew she had returned to her native country but I couldn't find a death-date. Just now I found out on a genealogy site that she passed away in 1950, in Illinois, aged in her 70's.
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Post by pnagami » April 15th, 2017, 7:57 am

Yes, intimate and remote, at the same time!

Pam
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Post by Carolin » April 19th, 2017, 1:35 am

i have the same when reading the wikipedia entries of the different authors whose work we read.

for example the poets joyce kilmer and ernst wilhelm lotz, who died on opposite sides in world war i, and georg trakl, who committed suicide while working as a medic in that war.

all three of them brilliant poets. they were 31, 24, and 27 years old.
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Post by VfkaBT » April 19th, 2017, 6:54 am

A single plaintive cord inspired and still vibrates in the poems left by Georg Trakl, a poet who was an Austrian ofiicer, and who, in a state 0f mental derangement, took his own life during the war.
The Encyclopædia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences ..., Volume 31
edited by Hugh Chisholm (1922)
https://books.google.com/books?pg=PA226&dq=georg+trakl&id=gngYAQAAIAAJ&output=text

Intriguing, and looking now for an English translation from the period.
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