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Diary of a Suicide

Wallace E. Baker

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“Mr. B. Russell Herts, c/o International Magazine, New York City. Under separate cover I am sending you a record of a young man who is about to commit suicide. My only object is that it may help…to ease the way for some who come after…. I do not sign this, but you may verify my death by communicating with Mr. ——, whom I am writing to-day, so that he may look after my effects in New York.”

The body of a well-dressed young man was found off Manhattan Beach, Sept. 28. In his pockets a torn photograph of Strindberg and receipts for three registered letters were found. These receipts were traced to Mr. Herts and to friends in Toronto, one of whom identified the body on Oct. 2d as that of Wallace E. Baker.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Shakespeare both in reading and acting, eagerly devoured dramatic criticisms and I have thought lately very much about this, and I know I should like to write strong dramas of our modern life. However, I shall have to study Ibsen, Strindberg, Brieux, Shaw, and others before I can come to any conclusion as to this.

However, a sea of doubts are now behind and the vista before me is bright.

Yesterday, however, while a day of great interest, was also one of misery, which perhaps accounts for my optimism to-day,—action and reaction being very often equal and opposite with me.

Havana, Sunday, March 24, 1912.

Another beginning to-day and I hope a good one. The unfinished story of the 16th, Saturday, which I failed to relate last Sunday, was the burial of the Maine. Deciding at the last moment to witness this, I boarded the Purisima Concepcion at about 1 o’clock. After a short time, while looking overboard at the struggling crowds, a . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Depiction of the suicide of a fairly standard case. Depressed incel in his early 20s with a shitty family life, no father, weak mother, higher than average IQ but delusions of grandeur as a result, mood swings, bad physical health. Pretty depressing to read knowing how it'll end. Honestly, not pa...more

it's still so bizarre to me how people think the same thoughts, especially depressed people, there's this sort of common ground that we've all gathered upon and it's like somehow our minds sync. the whole time i was reading this book i was shocked as to how much i relate to him. its almost narcis...more

If you ever questioned why people would commit suicide this book is your answer. Bur I must say If you`re depressed or suicidal dont read it. because it might trigger you

I liked the book, definitely a little freaky to find how similarly he describe his struggles with depression. I wish they would have gone into more detail on him after his last entry. Bittersweet.

I wonder if he tried exercising?

A melancholic account of what it means to suffer in your own head, day-to-day. The fight that you put up, the strength that you show, the falls in the abyss, the rising up, the hopes, the thirst for knowledge, the disappointments, the desire for being loved, the acceptance, the denial, the loneli...more

This book has been my companion during my tea time. It is a privilege to have acess to this kind of literature. I learned so much with this man experiences.

I myself have melancholy disposition within me, I always found myself very fond of melancholy situations, tales, literature, movies, songs a...more

I am so happy I found this book. I feel privileged as it is a kinda forgotten classic.
I also feel a little scared, as Wallace and I have a lot in common. He talks about his want to do so many different topics, he too was a lover of the sciences and creative arts. Not just that our thought path s...more

No words can describe how much I am freaked out by this book and this is due to the fact that it resembles me so much. It is really actually the diary of someone who committed suicide. First, I am the same age as that of the writer and I share with him the obsession with Strindberg and Ibsen. Str...more

This is one hell of a grossly under-appreciated book. The titular character was incredibly well-built. It is a study in depression, sexual frustrations, and intellectual aloofness of a young man who ends up commuting suicide. The kind of stuff you expect from Russian classics. Definitely stays re...more

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