Pedro Garfias (1901-1967)

Death: 9th August 1967
Location:  Cementerio El Carmen, Monterrey, Tabasco, Mexico
Cause of death: Cirrhosis

Spanish poet, one of the poets of the Generation of 1927. One of his most popular poems, Asturias, was made into a song by the Spanish singer Víctor Manuel. Garfias, along with many other artists and intellectuals, was forced into exile during the Spanish Civil War.

Vilhelm Moberg (1898-1973)

Death: 8th August 1973
Location: Norra begravningsplatsen/ Northern Cemetery, Solna, Stockholm, Sweden
Cause of death:  Suicide - Drowning
Photo taken by: Raphael Saulus


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Swedish author, playwright and historian. His most famous work is The Emigrants series of four novels written between 1949 and 1959 that describe one Swedish family's migration from Småland to Chisago County, Minnesota in the mid 19th century. These novels have been translated into English: The Emigrants (1951), Unto a Good Land (1954), The Settlers (1961), The Last Letter Home (1961).
Moberg lived the last years of his life with depression, and eventually he committed suicide by drowning himself in a lake outside his house. He left a note to his wife saying: "The time is twenty past seven; I go to search in the lake for eternal sleep. Forgive me, I could not endure.".

Ben Jonson (1572-1637)

Death: 6th August 1637
Location: Westminster Abbey, Westminster, London, England


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Jacobean playwright, poet, and literary critic who had a lasting impact upon English poetry and stage comedy. Ben Jonson is best known for the satirical plays Every Man in His Humour (1598), Volpone, or The Foxe (1605), The Alchemist (1610), and Bartholomew Fayre: A Comedy (1614), and for his Lyric poetry; he is generally regarded as the second most important English dramatist, after William Shakespeare, during the reign of James I.
He is buried in the north aisle of the nave in Westminster Abbey, with the inscription "O Rare Ben Johnson" (sic) set in the slab over his grave.

Edgar Guest (1881-1959)

Death: 5th August 1959
Location: Woodlawn Cemetery, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, United States



English-born American poet who was popular in the first half of the 20th century and became known as the People's Poet.

From his first published work in the Detroit Free Press until his death in 1959, Guest penned some 11,000 poems which were syndicated in some 300 newspapers and collected in more than 20 books, including A Heap O' Livin'(1916) and Just Folks (1917). Guest was made Poet Laureate of Michigan, the only poet to have been awarded the title.
His popularity led to a weekly Detroit radio show which he hosted from 1931 until 1942, followed by a 1951 NBC television series, A Guest in Your Home.

Gertrude Stein (1874-1946)

Death: 27th July 1946
Location: Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France
Cause of death: Stomach Cancer
Photo taken by:  Iscao

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American-Jewish writer, poet and art collector who spent most of her life in France. Much of Gertrude Stein's fame derives from a private modern art gallery she assembled, from 1904 to 1913, with her brother Leo Stein.
During the 1920s, her Paris salon at 27 Rue de Fleurus, with walls covered by avant-garde paintings, attracted many of the great writers of the time, including Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, Thornton Wilder, and Sherwood Anderson.

In 1933, Stein published a kind of memoir of her Paris years, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, written in the voice of Toklas, her partner. The book became a literary bestseller and vaulted Stein from the relative obscurity of cult literary figure into the light of mainstream attention.