Downbeat Endings

Letter from Robert Cormier to David 8 November 1983

Letter from Robert Cormier to David 8 November 1983

Robert Cormier responds to a fan about his main message with The Chocolate War and why defeat is a legitimate ending in literature.

Related Links:

An explanation for sad endings in great literature
http://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2013/dec/06/literary-fiction-happy-endings

An argument for the dangers of happy endings
http://www.salon.com/2012/12/01/tyranny_of_the_happy_ending/