Celebrity Deaths in Literature

  • Galway Kinnell , 87 (1927 - 2014)

    Galway Kinnell

    NOEL SICHALWE, The Associated Press LUSAKA, Zambia (AP) — Zambian President Michael Sata, dubbed "King Cobra" for his sharp-tongued remarks, has died in a London hospital after a long illness. Vice President Guy Scott, a white Zambian of Scottish descent, became the country's acting president Wednesday, making him the first white leader in continental sub-Saharan Africa since 1994 when South...

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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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  • Deborah "Duchess of Devonshire" Cavendish, 94 (1920 - 2014)

    Deborah "Duchess of Devonshire" Cavendish

    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...

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  • J. California Cooper (2014)

    J. California Cooper

    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...

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