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Celebrity Deaths in Literature

  • Alice Lee (2014)

    Alice Lee

    The Associated Press MONROEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Alice Lee, the sister of the famous "To Kill a Mockingbird" author and an influential Alabama lawyer and church leader in her own right, died Monday at age 103. Lee practiced law until a few years ago, following the footsteps of her father — the model for small-town lawyer Atticus Finch, the driving character in "Mockingbird." For a time,...

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  • Almiran Montgomery (1936 - 2014)

    Almiran Montgomery

    The Associated PressWARREN, Vt. (AP) — An author of the popular children's book series "Choose Your Own Adventure" has died in Vermont. Raymond Almiran Montgomery was 78.Montgomery's wife says he died Nov. 9 at home in Warren.Montgomery grew up in Connecticut and graduated from Williams College. He was passionate about education and believed interactive fiction was critical to reluctant readers...

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  • Galway Kinnell , 87 (1927 - 2014)

    Galway Kinnell

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Galway Kinnell, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet who opened up American verse in the 1960s and beyond through his forceful, spiritual takes on the outsiders and underside of contemporary life, has died at age 87. Kinnell's wife, Bobbie Bristol, said he died Tuesday afternoon at their home in Sheffield, Vermont. He had leukemia. Among the most celebrated poets of his...

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  • Carolyn Kizer, 88 (1925 - 2014)

    Carolyn Kizer

    The Associated PressSONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Carolyn Kizer, a feminist Pulitzer Prize-winning poet who spoke her political mind even at age 7, has died in Sonoma from the effects of dementia, her literary executor said. She was 89.Kizer, who won her Pulitzer in 1985 for a collection of work called "Yin" after the female principle in Chinese cosmology, died Thursday at a nursing home, executor...

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  • Siegfried Lenz (2014 - 2014)

    Siegfried Lenz

    The Associated PressBERLIN (AP) — German author Siegfried Lenz, whose works frequently addressed the moral quandaries faced by ordinary people, has died at 88.Publisher Hoffmann und Campe said Lenz died Tuesday in Hamburg.Born 1926 in what is now part of Poland, Lenz was drafted into the German navy toward the end of World War II, deserting in its final days.Starting in 1951, Lenz wrote dozens...

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