Notable Writers Deaths

  • 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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  • 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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  • Walter Dean Myers, 76 (1937 - 2014)

    Walter Dean Myers

    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...

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  • Ana Maria Matute, 88 (1925 - 2014)

    Ana Maria Matute

    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 for Language, of which she was a member, said she died Wednesday in the northeastern city of Barcelona where she was born and lived.She died in Barcelona Hospital; the cause of death was not disclosed...

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