Celebrity Deaths in Literature

  • M.H. Abrams, 93 (1921 - 2015)

    M.H. Abrams

    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 of English Literature and joined the elite himself by writing one of the 20th century's most acclaimed works of criticism, has died. He was 102.Abrams' death was confirmed to The Associated Press on...

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  • Abdel Rahman El Abnoudy (2015)

    Abdel Rahman El Abnoudy

    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 illness.He was known for writing in the Egyptian dialect and penning lyrics for beloved singers such as Abdel Halim Hafez. He was imprisoned under socialist President Gamal Abdel-Nasser but later...

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  • Frederic Morton, 90 (1924 - 2015)

    Frederic Morton

    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 because of the Holocaust, has died, his Austrian publishers said Monday. He was 90.The Deuticke publishing house said Morton died in his Vienna hotel room overnight on the eve of a public reading of some of...

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  • Guenter Grass, 87 (1927 - 2015)

    Guenter Grass

    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 ruined by moral disgrace and humiliated by military defeat.For much of his adult life, the Nobel-winning writer held the rare status in the literary world of both national historian and inventor....

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  • Ivan Doig, 75 (1939 - 2015)

    Ivan Doig

    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.Geoff Kloske, the publisher of Riverhead Books, said in a statement that Doig died Thursday of multiple myeloma at his Seattle home."Ivan was one of the greats," Kloske said. "We have lost a friend, a...

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