Celebrity Deaths in Literature

  • Mal Peet (2015)

    Mal Peet

    The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — Mal Peet, an irreverent, award-winning British writer of books for children and young adults, has died aged 67.Peet's agent, Peter Cox, said the writer died Monday. He had been diagnosed with cancer several months ago.Peet wrote young-adult novels, as well as educational children's books co-authored with his wife Elspeth Graham. He won the 2005 Carnegie Medal...

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  • Yasar Kemal (2015)

    Yasar Kemal

    By SUZAN FRASER, The Associated PressANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Yasar Kemal, one of Turkey's best-known novelists with worldwide readership, has died, his doctor said on Saturday. He was 91.Kemal died at Istanbul's Capa Hospital where he was admitted on Jan. 14 and was being treated in its intensive care unit for multiple organ failure, Dr. Mehmet Akif Karan said.Kemal was the author of "Memed, My...

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  • Philip Levine, 87 (1928 - 2015)

    Philip Levine

    By HILLEL ITALIE and SCOTT SMITH, The Associated PressFRESNO, California (AP) — Philip Levine, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet whose intimate portraits of blue-collar life were grounded in personal experience and political conscience, died Saturday. Levine was 87.Levine, the country's poet laureate in 2011-2012, died at his home in California of pancreatic and liver cancer, his wife said Sunday...

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  • André Brink, 79 (1935 - 2015)

    André  Brink

    By LYNSEY CHUTEL, The Associated PressJOHANNESBURG (AP) — Prolific author, Andre Brink, who used his work to question the policies of South Africa's apartheid regime, has died, his publishers said Saturday. He was 79 years old.Brink died aboard a KLM flight travelling from the Netherlands to the South African city of Cape Town on Friday evening, the South African Press Association reported....

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  • Martin Gilbert, 78 (1936 - 2015)

    Martin Gilbert

    The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — Martin Gilbert, Winston Churchill's official biographer and a leading historian of the Holocaust, has died following a lengthy illness. He was 78.Gilbert died Tuesday night, senior civil servant John Chilcot told a British parliamentary committee on Wednesday. Gilbert was a member of Chilcot's panel conducting an official investigation into Britain's role in...

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