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Celebrity Deaths in Literature

  • Franz Wright, 62 (1953 - 2015)

    Franz Wright

    The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Franz Wright, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet known for his concise and penetrating style and heartbreaking command of emotions, has died. He was 62. Wright died Thursday at his home in Waltham, Massachusetts, of lung cancer, publisher Alfred A. Knopf said Friday. Born in Vienna and raised in California after his parents divorced, Wright was the son...

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  • William Zinsser, 92 (1922 - 2015)

    William Zinsser

    By HILLEL ITALIE, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — William Zinsser, the much-consulted teacher, author, journalist and essayist whose million-selling book "On Writing Well" championed the craft of nonfiction and inspired professionals and amateurs to express themselves more concisely and vividly, died Tuesday at age 92.Zinsser died at his Manhattan home after a brief illness, said his wife,...

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  • Peter Gay, 91 (1923 - 2015)

    Peter Gay

    By HILLEL ITALIE AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Peter Gay, a popular and prize-winning historian who meticulously traced the rise of secular Western thought, from a prize-winning history of the Enlightenment to a best-selling biography of Sigmund Freud, has died. Gay died Tuesday at his home in Manhattan, his stepdaughter Elizabeth Glazer told The Associated Press. He was 91 and...

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  • Ruth Rendell, 85 (1930 - 2015)

    Ruth Rendell

    By JILL LAWLESS, The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — Mystery writer Ruth Rendell, who brought psychological insight and social conscience to the classic British detective story, has died at the age of 85.Publisher Penguin Random House said Rendell — best known for the Inspector Wexford series of novels — died Saturday morning in London. The cause of death was not announced, but Rendell had...

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  • Michael Blake, 69 (1945 - 2015)

    Michael Blake

    By ASTRID GALVAN, The Associated PressTUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Michael Blake, the writer whose novel "Dances With Wolves" became a major hit movie and earned him an Academy Award for the screenplay, has died.Blake, 69, died Saturday in Tucson, Arizona, after a long battle with cancer, his business partner, Daniel Ostroff, said.Blake, who wrote several novels, is best known for "Dances With Wolves,"...

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