The author discusses the mid-life change in personality of August Strindberg, a very prolific & versatile writer. Strindberg was often suicidal-according to Durkheim’s classification, an egoistic suicide. Hendin’s study of suicide in 3 Scandinavian countries concludes that Swedish suicide can be summarized as “performance” suicide, resulting from failure to achieve goals. A specific philosophical framework helped Strindberg overcome suicidal tendencies. The author examines the changes.