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Celebrity Deaths in Literature

  • W.S. Merwin, 91 (1927 - 2019)

    W.S. Merwin

    W.S. Merwin was one of America's best known poets, winner of two Pulitzer Prizes and a National Book Award. He served as United States poet laureate from 2010 – 2011. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

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  • Betty Ballantine, 99 (1919 - 2019)

    Betty Ballantine

    Betty Ballantine and her husband Ian helped invent the modern paperback through their Bantam and Ballantine books. Paperbacks in America were not popular until the Ballantines improved the quality of the product and offered better titles. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

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  • Heidi Toffler, 89 (2019)

    Heidi Toffler

    Heidi Toffler played an integral part in the creation of pioneering futurist books with her husband, Alvin. The researcher and editor worked with Alvin on the pioneering "Future Shock," and the books that followed. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

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  • Mary Oliver, 83 (1935 - 2019)

    Mary Oliver

    Mary Oliver (1935 – 2019) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet beloved for her poems about nature and animal life. She died at the age of 83. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

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  • Todd Bol, 62 (2018)

    Todd Bol

    Todd Bol is the founder of the non-profit Little Free Libraries which now has free libraries on lawns in 88 countries. Bol built the first little library in 2009 in the shape of a schoolhouse to honor his mom, June, who was a book lover and teacher. People liked it and the idea spread. Bol and his partner Rick Brooks created the non-profit Little Free Library in 2012. For full obituary and...

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