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Notable Writers Deaths

  • Alistair MacLeod, 77 (1936 - 2014)

    Alistair MacLeod

    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.MacLeod's former publisher, Doug Gibson, confirmed the death on Sunday. He said MacLeod had been in a Windsor, Ontario, hospital ever since suffering a stroke in January."Alistair was that rare...

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  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 87 (1927 - 2014)

    Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    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 novels and short stories that illuminated Latin America's passions, superstition, violence and social inequality. Widely considered the most popular Spanish-language writer since Miguel de...

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  • Nina Cassian, 89 (1924 - 2014)

    Nina Cassian

    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 found her critical poems scribbled in a friend's diary, has died in New York City. She was 89.Her husband, Maurice Edwards, told The Associated Press she died at home Monday from a heart attack.The...

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  • Sue Townsend, 68 (1946 - 2014)

    Sue Townsend

    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 estate, has died after suffering a stroke. She was 68.Her publisher, Penguin Books said Friday that Townsend died in Leicester, central England, a day earlier.Townsend left school at 15, married at 18,...

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  • Gregory White Smith (2014)

    Gregory White Smith

    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 brain tumor. He was 62.Funeral director Greg Edwards of the George Funeral Home in Aiken confirmed Smith's death, as did family representative Elizabeth Petit.Petit says the cause of death was a brain...

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