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The 30 Saddest Endings in Literature

Happy endings: a deceptive and dangerous artistic device used to lull us into the cold embrace of capitalism?

While you’re mulling that little one over, let's look at unhappy endings instead. Far more common; far more realistic; much more fun.

To wit: 30 of the saddest endings to befall some of the greatest works of literature. Get the Kleenex out; you might be needing them.

Oh, and it should go without saying, that what you are about to read includes a momentous amount of spoilers. Don’t say you weren’t warned…



Literature's greatest closing paragraphs


Literature's greatest opening paragraphs

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