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Deborah "Duchess of Devonshire" Cavendish, 94 (1920 - 2014)
DANICA KIRKA, The Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Deborah, the dowager duchess of Devonshire, the last of the witty, unconventional Mitford sisters, died Wednesday, her son said. She was 94. Brought up in Oxfordshire, England, Deborah was the youngest of the six sisters, including the novelist and historian Nancy Mitford, and writer and social activist Jessica Mitford. Two other sisters...
J. California Cooper (2014)
DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP, The Associated PressSEATTLE (AP) — Prolific writer J. California Cooper, who was writing plays until Alice Walker suggested she switch to short stories and novels, because they were an easier path to a paycheck, has died at age 82.Cooper died early Saturday after experiencing several heart attacks over the past few years, her daughter Paris Williams said Tuesday.She...
Graham Joyce, 59 (1954 - 2014)
The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — Graham Joyce, one of Britain's best known fantasy writers, has died from complications of lymphoma cancer, an ilness he had blogged about extensively. He was 59.Joyce died Tuesday afternoon in a hospital near his home in Leicester, a city north of London, said Simon Spanton, associate publisher of the science fiction and fantasy imprint of Orion Books.Several...
Valeri Petrov, 94 (1920 - 2014)
The Associated PressSOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Valeri Petrov, Bulgaria's most prominent contemporary poet, who translated the complete works of Shakespeare, has died at age 94.Petrov's family said he died Wednesday in a Sofia hospital following a stroke.Valeri Nissim Mevorah, better known by his pen-name, Valeri Petrov, was born on April 22, 1920, in Sofia to a Jewish father and Bulgarian mother...
Simin Behbahani, 87 (1927 - 2014)
The Associated PressTEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Famed Iranian poet Simin Behbahani, who wrote of the joys of love, demanded equal rights for women and spoke out about the challenges facing those living in her homeland, died Tuesday at the age of 87.Behbahani had been hospitalized and unconscious in Tehran since Aug. 6 and later died of heart failure and breathing problems, Iran's official IRNA news...
Dorothy Salisbury Davis, 98 (1916 - 2014)
The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Dorothy Salisbury Davis, a prize-winning mystery writer whose books include the best-selling "A Gentle Murderer" and numerous other works praised for their...
Billie Letts (2014)
The Associated Press TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Best-selling author Billie Letts has died at an Oklahoma hospital. Letts' publicist, Arlene Johnson, says Letts died Saturday after a brief illness....
Bel Kaufman, 103 (1911 - 2014)
HILLEL ITALIE, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Bel Kaufman, the witty and spirited fiction writer, educator and storyteller whose million-selling "Up the Down Staircase" captured the insanity...
James MacGregor Burns, 95 (1918 - 2014)
PHILIP MARCELO, The Associated PressBOSTON (AP) — James MacGregor Burns, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and political scientist who analyzed the nature of presidential leadership and wrote...
Nadine Gordimer , 90 (1923 - 2014)
CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, The Associated PressJOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nadine Gordimer was first a writer of fiction and a defender of creativity and expression. But as a white South African who hated...
Thomas Berger (2014)
By HILLEL ITALIE NEW YORK (AP) — Thomas Berger, the witty and eclectic novelist who reimagined the American West in the historical yarn "Little Big Man" and mastered genres ranging from...
Curt Gentry, 83 (1931 - 2014)
The Associated PressSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Curt Gentry, a San Francisco man who co-authored "Helter Skelter," the true-crime classic chronicling the Charles Manson case, has died at the age of 83.Pat...
Walter Dean Myers, 76 (1937 - 2014)
HILLEL ITALIE, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Walter Dean Myers, a best-selling and prolific children's author and tireless champion of literacy and education, has died. He was 76. ...
Ana Maria Matute, 88 (1925 - 2014)
The Associated PressMADRID (AP) — Spanish writer Ana Maria Matute, an award-winning author best known for her books set during the Spanish Civil War, has died. She was 88.The Spanish Royal Academy...
Daniel Keyes, 86 (1927 - 2014)
MATT SEDENSKY, The Associated Press WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Author Daniel Keyes, whose novel "Flowers for Algernon" became a classroom staple that explored the treatment of the mentally...
Eric Hill, 86 (1927 - 2014)
CHANNING JOSEPH, The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Eric Hill, whose effort to entertain his young son with a simple drawing of a mischievous dog named Spot blossomed into a popular...
Susan Spencer-Wendel (2014)
MATT SEDENSKY, The Associated PressWEST PALM BEACH, Florida (AP) — Susan Spencer-Wendel, the writer whose best-selling book "Until I Say Goodbye" chronicled her fight to live joyfully as she...
Dr. Maya Angelou, 86 (1928 - 2014)
The Associated Press WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A memorial service will be held at Wake Forest University for poet and author Maya Angelou, who died last week. Wake Forest says Angelou's...
Oscar Dystel (2014)
HILLEL ITALIE, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Oscar Dystel, a leader of the paperbacks market who transformed Bantam Books into a prolific powerhouse that released best-selling editions of ...
Sam Greenlee, 83 (1930 - 2014)
The Associated PressCHICAGO (AP) — Poet and novelist Sam Greenlee has died in Chicago at the age of 83.Greenlee was best known for his 1969 novel "The Spook Who Sat by the Door," later adapted into...
Radu Florescu, 88 (1925 - 2014)
ALISON MUTLER, The Associated PressBUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — He was a Romanian-born historian, professor and philanthropist who intrigued American popular culture by writing a book linking the...
Stefanie Zweig, 81 (1932 - 2014)
The Associated PressBERLIN (AP) — German-Jewish writer Stefanie Zweig, best known for her autobiographical novel "Nowhere in Africa" has died. She was 81.German news agency dpa on Sunday cited her...
Alistair MacLeod, 77 (1936 - 2014)
The Associated Press, The Associated PressAlistair MacLeod, the award-winning Canadian author who was best known for his short story collections and novel "No Great Mischief," has died. He was 77...
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 87 (1927 - 2014)
E. EDUARDO CASTILLO, The Associated Press MEXICO CITY (AP) — His death mourned around the globe, Gabriel Garcia Marquez is being hailed as a giant of modern literature, a writer of intoxicating...
Nina Cassian, 89 (1924 - 2014)
ALISON MUTLER, The Associated PressBUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanian poet and translator Nina Cassian, who obtained political asylum in the United States after the Communist-era secret police...
Gregory White Smith (2014)
The Associated PressAIKEN, South Carolina (AP) — The co-author of a Pulitzer Prize winning biography of the artist Jackson Pollock has died.Gregory White Smith died Thursday in his home from a...
Sue Townsend, 68 (1946 - 2014)
JILL LAWLESS, The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — British comic author Sue Townsend, who created angst-ridden teenage diarist Adrian Mole and sent Queen Elizabeth II into exile on a public housing...
Mary Cheever (2014)
HILLEL ITALIE, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Mary Cheever, an accomplished author and poet best known as the enduring spouse and widow of John Cheever, has died, surviving by decades a...
Peter Matthiessen, 86 (1927 - 2014)
HILLEL ITALIE, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Peter Matthiessen, a rich man's son who rejected a life of ease in favor of physical and spiritual challenges and produced such acclaimed works as...
Curtis Bill Pepper, 96 (1917 - 2014)
The Associated PressMILAN (AP) — Curtis Bill Pepper, a long-time foreign correspondent for Newsweek and author of eight books, has died in Italy at the age of 96.Pepper's widow, the American...