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Celebrity Deaths in Literature

  • Norman Bridwell, 86 (1928 - 2014)

    Norman Bridwell

    By LEANNE ITALIE, The Associated PressNorman Bridwell, a soft-spoken illustrator whose impromptu story about a girl and her puppy marked the unlikely birth of the supersized franchise Clifford the Big Red Dog, has died at 86.Bridwell, who lived for decades in a house with a bright red door on Martha's Vineyard off Cape Cod in Massachusetts, died Friday at Martha's Vineyard Hospital, where he had...

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  • Ralph Giordano, 91 (1923 - 2014)

    Ralph Giordano

    The Associated PressBERLIN (AP) — Ralph Giordano, a German writer and Holocaust survivor who spoke out against anti-Semitism and the far right, and later became a prominent critic of Germany's failure to integrate Muslim immigrants, has died. He was 91.Publisher Kiepenheuer & Witsch said Giordano, known for his autobiographical 1982 novel "The Bertinis" and 22 other books, died Wednesday in...

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  • Claudia Emerson (2014)

    Claudia Emerson

    By MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, The Associated PressRICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Claudia Emerson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, died early Thursday morning at age 57 after a long battle with cancer, the university said.Emerson, a native of Chatham, Virginia, won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for her book "Late Wife," a collection of handwritten letters...

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  • Vicente Lenero (2014)

    Vicente Lenero

    The Associated PressMEXICO CITY (AP) — Renowned Mexican author, playwright and journalist Vicente Lenero has died. He was 81.Rafael Tovar y de Teresa is president of Mexico's National Council for Culture and the Arts. He tells Milenio TV that Lenero died Wednesday.Born June 9, 1933, in the western city of Guadalajara, Lenero was known for works such as "Los Albaniles," or "The Bricklayers,"...

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  • Radwa Ashour, 68 (1946 - 2014)

    Radwa Ashour

    By MERRIT KENNEDY, The Associated PressCAIRO (AP) — Acclaimed Egyptian novelist and educator Radwa Ashour, who used her often deeply personal writing style to champion human rights issues, has died after a long battle with cancer. She was 68.She chronicled her fight against cancer in her novel "Heavier than Radwa," set against the turbulent days of Egypt's revolution. She died Sunday and her...

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