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Notable Writers Deaths

  • Simin Behbahani, 87 (1927 - 2014)

    Simin Behbahani

    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...

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  • Dorothy Salisbury Davis, 98 (1916 - 2014)

    Dorothy Salisbury Davis

    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 psychological suspense, has died. She was 98.Longtime friend Laurie Ferguson told The Associated Press that Davis died Sunday at the Esplanade at Palisades, a senior residence facility in Palisades, New...

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  • Billie Letts (2014)

    Billie Letts

    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. Letts was 76. Letts' novels include "Where the Heart Is," which was turned into a movie starring Natalie Portman, Ashley Judd, Stockard Channing and Joan Cusak. Letts also taught English and...

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  • Bel Kaufman, 103 (1911 - 2014)

    Bel Kaufman

    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 and the humor, the pathos and the poetry of the American high school, died Friday at age 103.Kaufman, the granddaughter of Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem and a vital link to Yiddish culture, died at...

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  • James MacGregor Burns, 95 (1918 - 2014)

    James MacGregor Burns

    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 candid biographies of Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy, died Tuesday at 95.Burns died at his home in Williamstown, Massachusetts, his companion and fellow historian Susan Dunn said.The longtime...

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