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James MacGregor Burns, 95 (1918 - 2014)
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...
Nadine Gordimer , 90 (1923 - 2014)
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...
Thomas Berger (2014)
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...
Curt Gentry, 83 (1931 - 2014)
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,...
Walter Dean Myers, 76 (1937 - 2014)
HILLEL ITALIE, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Walter Dean Myers, a best-selling and prolific children's author and tireless champion of literacy and education, has died. He was 76. Myers, a longtime resident of Jersey City, New Jersey, died Tuesday at Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan after a brief illness, publisher HarperCollins announced. A onetime troublemaker who...
Ana Maria Matute, 88 (1925 - 2014)
The Associated PressMADRID (AP) — Spanish writer Ana Maria Matute, an award-winning author best known for her books set during the Spanish Civil War, has died. She was 88.The Spanish Royal Academy...
Daniel Keyes, 86 (1927 - 2014)
MATT SEDENSKY, The Associated Press WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Author Daniel Keyes, whose novel "Flowers for Algernon" became a classroom staple that explored the treatment of the mentally...
Eric Hill, 86 (1927 - 2014)
CHANNING JOSEPH, The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Eric Hill, whose effort to entertain his young son with a simple drawing of a mischievous dog named Spot blossomed into a popular...
Susan Spencer-Wendel (2014)
MATT SEDENSKY, The Associated PressWEST PALM BEACH, Florida (AP) — Susan Spencer-Wendel, the writer whose best-selling book "Until I Say Goodbye" chronicled her fight to live joyfully as she...
Oscar Dystel (2014)
HILLEL ITALIE, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Oscar Dystel, a leader of the paperbacks market who transformed Bantam Books into a prolific powerhouse that released best-selling editions of ...
Dr. Maya Angelou, 86 (1928 - 2014)
The Associated Press WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A memorial service will be held at Wake Forest University for poet and author Maya Angelou, who died last week. Wake Forest says Angelou's...
Sam Greenlee, 83 (1930 - 2014)
The Associated PressCHICAGO (AP) — Poet and novelist Sam Greenlee has died in Chicago at the age of 83.Greenlee was best known for his 1969 novel "The Spook Who Sat by the Door," later adapted into...
Radu Florescu, 88 (1925 - 2014)
ALISON MUTLER, The Associated PressBUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — He was a Romanian-born historian, professor and philanthropist who intrigued American popular culture by writing a book linking the...
Stefanie Zweig, 81 (1932 - 2014)
The Associated PressBERLIN (AP) — German-Jewish writer Stefanie Zweig, best known for her autobiographical novel "Nowhere in Africa" has died. She was 81.German news agency dpa on Sunday cited her...
Alistair MacLeod, 77 (1936 - 2014)
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...
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 87 (1927 - 2014)
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...
Nina Cassian, 89 (1924 - 2014)
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...
Gregory White Smith (2014)
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...
Sue Townsend, 68 (1946 - 2014)
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...
Mary Cheever (2014)
HILLEL ITALIE, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Mary Cheever, an accomplished author and poet best known as the enduring spouse and widow of John Cheever, has died, surviving by decades a...
Peter Matthiessen, 86 (1927 - 2014)
HILLEL ITALIE, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Peter Matthiessen, a rich man's son who rejected a life of ease in favor of physical and spiritual challenges and produced such acclaimed works as...
Curtis Bill Pepper, 96 (1917 - 2014)
The Associated PressMILAN (AP) — Curtis Bill Pepper, a long-time foreign correspondent for Newsweek and author of eight books, has died in Italy at the age of 96.Pepper's widow, the American...
Khushwant Singh, 99 (1915 - 2014)
TIM SULLIVAN, The Associated PressNEW DELHI (AP) — Khushwant Singh, a journalist, editor and prolific writer whose work ranged from serious histories to joke collections to one of post-Independence...
Justin Kaplan, 88 (1925 - 2014)
HILLEL ITALIE, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Justin Kaplan, an author and cultural historian with a taste for troublemaking who wrote a definitive, Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Mark...
Mavis Gallant, 91 (1922 - 2014)
TORONTO (AP) — Mavis Gallant, the Montreal-born writer who carved out an international reputation as a master short-story author while living in Paris for decades, died Tuesday at age 91, her...
Federico Campbell, 72 (1941 - 2014)
The Associated PressMEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican author, journalist and essayist Federico Campbell has died. He was 72.Mexico's National Institute of Fine Arts says Campbell died Saturday.He was...
Maxine Kumin, 88 (1925 - 2014)
The Associated PressWARNER, N.H. (AP) — Maxine Kumin, a prolific New England poet and U.S. poet laureate who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1973 for her work "Up Country," has died. She was 88.Kumin,...
Helga Sandburg Crile (2014)
The Associated PressCLEVELAND (AP) — Helga Sandburg Crile, an author and the youngest of three daughters of poet and Lincoln biographer Carl Sandburg, has died at her home near Cleveland. She was...
Jose Emilio Pacheco, 74 (1939 - 2014)
MICHAEL WEISSEN STEIN, The Associated PressMEXICO CITY (AP) — Jose Emilio Pacheco, widely regarded as one of Mexico's foremost poets and short story writers, died Sunday at age 74, the country's...
Erik Blegvad (2014)
GREGORY KATZ, The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — Children's book artist Erik Blegvad, known for his whimsical illustrations of more than 100 books, has died in London. He was 90.His eldest son,...