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Elijah Newman Died Today

A Novella

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Elijah Newman thinks he is returning home to his wife from a trip when, like an Ivan Ilyich, he instead finds himself unexpectedly thrust before death.

Wonder over what might have been, gratitude for all that was, hope for what could perhaps still be, and love of both God and existence—Elijah Newman Died Today is an existentialist novella about one man’s thoughts on what matters amid what may be his life’s final moments.

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Praise for Elijah Newman Died Today

“Death, like God, is an impenetrable mystery. Before it, we are compelled to either remain silent or turn it into a work of art. In Elijah Newman Died Today, Steven DeLay has managed to do both, an accomplishment that will reward readers, inspire envy among writers, and challenge each of us to inspect our relation to death and the divine.”
Jamieson de Quincey, author of Murder as a Work of Art

“Steven DeLay has an instinct for what is most essential in fiction: the issues of life, death, and how the God-man situates the two. Few authors today possess the conviction needed to write a work like this. I, for one, am glad DeLay does.”
JP Madrox, author of The Blood Cries Out for Vengeance

“Great books teach us how to live. We don’t read such works and set them aside. We carry them with us, take on their weight, allow them to anchor us to existence. Don’t let this novella’s size fool you. Elijah Newman Died Today is a weighty affair. Like a millstone hung around the neck, it forces readers to examine their lives and confront their sins, reminding each of us that it is never too late to repent and find peace.”
Matthew Clemente, author of Posttraumatic Joy: A Seminar on Nietzsche’s Tragicomic Philosophy of Life

About the Author

Steven DeLay is a writer living in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. An Old Member of Christ Church, Oxford, he is the author of Everything (2022), Faint Not (2022), In the Spirit (2021), Before God (2020), and Phenomenology in France (2019). He is also the editor of Life Above the Clouds: Philosophy in the Films of Terrence Malick (2023) and editor of Finding Meaning: Philosophy in Crisis (2023) based on the series of online essays, "Finding Meaning," at 3:16 AM.

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