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75 years ago today, Virginia Woolf committed suicide by filling her pockets with rocks and walking into the River Ouse near her home.

It is commonly thought that if she had lived today, she would have been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder.

This was the letter she left her husband:

Dearest,

I feel certain I am going mad again. I feel we can’t go through another of those terrible times. And I shan’t recover this time. I begin to hear voices, and I can’t concentrate. So I am doing what seems the best thing to do. You have given me the greatest possible happiness. You have been in every way all that anyone could be. I don’t think two people could have been happier till this terrible disease came. I can’t fight any longer. I know that I am spoiling your life, that without me you could work. And you will I know. You see I can’t even write this properly. I can’t read. What I want to say is I owe all the happiness of my life to you. You have been entirely patient with me and incredibly good. I want to say that – everybody knows it. If anybody could have saved me it would have been you. Everything has gone from me but the certainty of your goodness. I can’t go on spoiling your life any longer.

I don’t think two people could have been happier than we have been.

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Fascinating Photos of Famous Authors as Teenagers

Article originally from: flavorwire

By Emily Temple on Mar 25, 2013 3:00pm

Over the weekend, Vol.1 Brooklyn pointed us towards this delightful collection of never-before-seen photographs of Ernest Hemingway as a teenager, in all his handsomely smug glory. Inspired, we took it upon ourselves to dig up a handful of snapshots of other legendary authors in those awkward (or not so awkward, as the case may be) teenage years, before they penned the words that made them famous. After the jump, check out what we found — and if we missed your favorite photo of a soon-to-be-famous author, be sure to add it to our collection in the comments.

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A 17-year-old Ernest Hemingway as a high school junior. [via]

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A teenage Neil Gaiman. [via]

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A 16-year-old Flannery O’Connor, profiled in her high school paper. [via]

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Philip Roth at his senior prom at Weequahic High School, 1950. He’s all the way in the back. [via]

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At left, an 18-year-old Toni Morrison (then Chloe Wofford) with a few of her Lorain High School classmates. [via]

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Fifteen-year-old Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain. [via]

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Gorgeous Mary Karr in her hometown, age 15. [via]

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A 16-year-old Allen Ginsberg having a swell time. [via]

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A 15-year-old Martin Amis with his famous daddy. [via]

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Fifteen-year-old Sylvia Plath. [via]

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Seventeen-year-old J.D. Salinger’s yearbook photo from Valley Forge Military Academy, 1936. [via]

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At the far right, a 14-year-old Virginia Stephen, soon to be Woolf. [via]

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Anaïs Nin at 19. [via]

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A teenage Maurice Sendak. [via]

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Margaret Atwood’s Leaside Highschool senior yearbook photo. [via]

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Samuel Beckett as a very serious 14-year-old. [via]

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