Near Deaths in Literature

November 8, 2011 | 1 book mentioned

Last week, JK Rowling announced that, midway through writing the Harry Potter series, she nearly killed off Ron Weasleyout of spite.” Ron isn’t the first supporting character to narrowly avoid death in an author’s rough draft. The Awl illustrates some of literature’s other close calls with death.

is an intern for The Millions. She was born in Los Angeles and is currently earning her MFA in Creative Nonfiction at The New School. Her work can be found at thenewyorker.com and at her blog, rachelhurn.blogspot.com. Follow Rachel on Twitter @rachelmariehurn.

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