Morbid Curiosity?

Have you ever been reading a book and wondered if the author was still alive?  Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a website to check?  Well there is!  The website is called Dead or Alive and it can help answer your question!

If you know the name of the author (or famous person) you are looking for, there is a search box at the top of the page. Additionally, there are links along the left side where you can sort the list by Field, then click on the arrow by Literature.  This will give you a list of the people related to literature with either a skull or a smiley face by their name.  If the person has passed, there will also be a date of death and age at death.  If you click on the name of a person, you can usually find out how they died.

You can also sort the list (on the left side of the screen) by the Cause of Death.   I find this list very interesting, but there are not a lot of details.  For example, I know only one person died in a construction accident but nothing else about the accident.  Some of the listings have links to additional information, usually to Wikipedia.

Hopefully this will help you with your morbid curiosity!

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Beth is a Librarian at the Gaines Township branch of KDL. She really loves reading, especially all the wonderful teen books, but also enjoys genealogy and crafts!

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