suicidal romantic


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This is an excerpt from Life after life by Kate Atkison. They are talking about the novel The Marquise of O by Heinrich von Kleist.

She sank down on the grass next to Ursula and picked up the Kleist. ‘A suicidal romantic,’ she said dismissively.

Would you like to explain the meaning of "suicidal romantic" to me? Thank you.
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    American English
    Bernd Heinrich Wilhelm von Kleist (18 October 1777 – 21 November 1811) was a German poet, dramatist, novelist, short story writer and journalist. His best known works are the theatre plays Das Käthchen von Heilbronn, The Broken Jug, Amphitryon, Penthesilea and the novellas Michael Kohlhaas and The Marquise of O. Kleist committed suicide together with a close female friend who was terminally ill.

    Kleist: Relationship with Henriette Vogel and murder-suicide (Wikipedia)