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THE COST OF THE MUSE: POETS DIE YOUNG

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Although several investigations have found that poets tend to die younger than other types of writers, these studies often do not take into account variables of gender and culture. This study examines 1,987 deceased writers from four different cultures: American, Chinese, Turkish, and Eastern European. Both male and female poets had the shortest life spans of all four types of writers (fiction writers, poets, playwrights, and non-fiction writers), and poets had the shortest life spans in three of the four cultures (and the second shortest life span among Eastern European writers). Possible reasons for the poet's shorter life span are then discussed.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Learning Research Institute, California State University at San Bernardino, San Bernardino, California, USA

Publication date: November 1, 2003

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