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Henning Mankell, 67 (1948 - 2015)
STOCKHOLM (AP) - Henning Mankell, the hesitant figurehead of Scandinavian crime fiction whose books about the gloomy, soul-searching police inspector Kurt Wallander enticed readers around the world, has died. Mankell's publisher Leopard said Monday on its website that the author and theater director died in the city of Goteborg, southwestern Sweden, during the night following his battle with...
C.K. Williams (2015)
C.K. Williams, whose poems emphatically observed morality and suffering from perspectives as lofty as politics and as intimate as the cancer that ended his life, died Sunday HOPEWELL, N.J. (AP) — C.K. Williams, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet known for his long, conversational lines of verse that brought frequent comparisons to Walt Whitman, has died at age 78.Williams was an impassioned observer...
Jackie Collins (2015)
Jackie Collins, the best-selling novelist who thrilled millions of readers with her scandal-soaked tales of Hollywood, mobsters, and L.A. private investigators, has died of breast cancer. By ANDREW DALTON, The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Jackie Collins, the bestselling author of dozens of novels including "Hollywood Wives" that dramatized the lives of the rich and treacherous, died...
Ann Rule, 83 (1931 - 2015)
True-crime writer Ann Rule, who wrote a profile of her former co-worker, serial killer Ted Bundy, has died at age 83, according to the Associated Press. By DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP, Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — True-crime writer Ann Rule, who wrote more than 30 books, including a profile of her former co-worker, serial killer Ted Bundy, has died at age 83. Rule died at Highline...
E.L. Doctorow, 84 (1931 - 2015)
E.L. Doctorow, the best-selling author of "Ragtime" and "Billy Bathgate," both of which were made into movies, has died. Doctorow, who died Tuesday in New York City, was 84. By VERENA DOBNIK, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Writer E.L. Doctorow, who wryly reimagined the American experience in such novels as "Ragtime" and "The March" and applied its lessons to the past and the future in...
James Salter, 90 (2015)
By HILLEL ITALIE, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — James Salter, the prize-winning author acclaimed for his sophisticated, granular prose and sobering insights in "Light Years," ''A Sport and a...
Ludvik Vaculik, 88 (1926 - 2015)
By KAREL JANICEK, The Associated PressPRAGUE (AP) — Ludvik Vaculik, an author, journalist and anti-communist dissident whose "Two Thousand Words" manifesto became a key document of the 1968 Prague...
Hugh Ambrose (2015)
By MATT VOLZ, The Associated Press HELENA, Montana (AP) — Hugh Ambrose, who wrote the World War II history "The Pacific" after years of researching for his father, the renowned historian Stephen...
Franz Wright, 62 (1953 - 2015)
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...
William Zinsser, 92 (1922 - 2015)
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...
Peter Gay, 91 (1923 - 2015)
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...
Ruth Rendell, 85 (1930 - 2015)
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...
Michael Blake, 69 (1945 - 2015)
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,...
Marcia Brown, 96 (1918 - 2015)
The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Marcia Brown, a celebrated author and illustrator of children's books and three-time Caldecott Medal winner whose work ranged from the bold strokes of "Once a...
M.H. Abrams, 93 (1921 - 2015)
By HILLEL ITALIE, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — M.H. Abrams, an esteemed critic, teacher and tastemaker who helped shape the modern literary canon as founding editor of the Norton Anthology...
Abdel Rahman El Abnoudy (2015)
The Associated PressCAIRO (AP) — State media says Egyptian poet Abdel Rahman El Abnoudy, who channeled folklore and rural life into verses that touched the Arab world, has died at 77 after a long...
Frederic Morton, 90 (1924 - 2015)
By GEORGE JAHN, The Associated PressVIENNA (AP) — U.S. writer Frederic Morton, who became internationally recognized in part through books on the Austrian homeland that he was forced to flee...
Guenter Grass, 87 (1927 - 2015)
By GEIR MOULSON and HILLEL ITALIE, The Associated PressBERLIN (AP) — Guenter Grass was to Germany what William Faulkner was to the old American South: The bard, scourge and pathfinder of a society...
Ivan Doig, 75 (1939 - 2015)
The Associated PressSEATTLE (AP) — Ivan Doig, an award-winning author whose books set in his native Montana made him one of the most respected writers of the American West, has died. He was 75...
Stanley Kutler, 80 (1934 - 2015)
The Associated PressMADISON, Wisconsin (AP) — Watergate historian Stanley Kutler, who successfully fought for the release of President Richard Nixon's secret tapes, died Tuesday in Wisconsin. He...
Tomas Transtromer, 83 (1931 - 2015)
By KARL RITTER and MALIN RISING, The Associated Press STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish poet and Nobel Literature Prize winner Tomas Transtromer has died at age 83, Swedish publisher Bonniers said Friday...
Ellen Conford, 73 (1942 - 2015)
By HILLEL ITALIE, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Ellen Conford, an award-winning children's writer whose comic tales about everything from the travails of high school to a girl's summer camp...
Valentin Rasputin, 77 (1937 - 2015)
The Associated PressMOSCOW (AP) — Valentin Rasputin, a revered Russian writer who was a prominent member of a literary movement in the 1960s and 1970s known as Village Prose that focused on...
Terry Pratchett, 66 (1948 - 2015)
By GREGORY KATZ, The Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Fantasy writer Terry Pratchett, creator of the exuberant, satirical "Discworld" series and author of more than 70 books, has died. He was 66. ...
Mal Peet (2015)
The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — Mal Peet, an irreverent, award-winning British writer of books for children and young adults, has died aged 67.Peet's agent, Peter Cox, said the writer died Monday...
Yasar Kemal (2015)
By SUZAN FRASER, The Associated PressANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Yasar Kemal, one of Turkey's best-known novelists with worldwide readership, has died, his doctor said on Saturday. He was 91.Kemal died...
Philip Levine, 87 (1928 - 2015)
By HILLEL ITALIE and SCOTT SMITH, The Associated PressFRESNO, California (AP) — Philip Levine, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet whose intimate portraits of blue-collar life were grounded in personal...
André Brink, 79 (1935 - 2015)
By LYNSEY CHUTEL, The Associated PressJOHANNESBURG (AP) — Prolific author, Andre Brink, who used his work to question the policies of South Africa's apartheid regime, has died, his publishers said...
Martin Gilbert, 78 (1936 - 2015)
The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — Martin Gilbert, Winston Churchill's official biographer and a leading historian of the Holocaust, has died following a lengthy illness. He was 78.Gilbert died...
Colleen McCullough , 77 (1937 - 2015)
The Associated Press SYDNEY (AP) — Best-selling Australian author Colleen McCullough, whose novel "The Thorn Birds" sold 30 million copies worldwide, has died at age 77 after a long illness. ...