Notable Writers Deaths

  • 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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  • Nadine Gordimer , 90 (1923 - 2014)

    Nadine Gordimer

    CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, The Associated PressJOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nadine Gordimer was first a writer of fiction and a defender of creativity and expression. But as a white South African who hated apartheid's dehumanization of blacks, she was also a determined political activist in the struggle to end white minority rule in her country.Gordimer, who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1991 for...

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  • Thomas Berger (2014)

    Thomas Berger

    By HILLEL ITALIE NEW YORK (AP) — Thomas Berger, the witty and eclectic novelist who reimagined the American West in the historical yarn "Little Big Man" and mastered genres ranging from detective stories to domestic farce, has died at age 89. Berger's literary agent, Cristina Concepcion, said Monday that he died in Nyack Hospital on July 13, just days before his 90th birthday. He had been...

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  • Curt Gentry, 83 (1931 - 2014)

    Curt Gentry

    The Associated PressSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Curt Gentry, a San Francisco man who co-authored "Helter Skelter," the true-crime classic chronicling the Charles Manson case, has died at the age of 83.Pat Gentry said Sunday that his brother wrote 13 books throughout his career, picking only the topics that deeply engaged him.His best known work was "Helter Skelter," co-written with Vincent Bugliosi,...

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