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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.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...
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 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...
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 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...
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 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,...
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 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...
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,...
Juan Gelman, 83 (1930 - 2014)
ALMUDENA CALATRAVA, The Associated PressMEXICO CITY (AP) — Juan Gelman, a renowned Argentine poet and left-wing activist who was awarded the prestigious Cervantes Prize, has died in Mexico. He was...
Amiri Baraka, 79 (1934 - 2014)
HILLEL ITALIE, The Associated PressAmiri Baraka, the militant man of letters and tireless agitator whose blues-based, fist-shaking poems, plays and criticism made him a provocative and groundbreaking...
Elizabeth Jane Howard, 90 (1923 - 2014)
RAPHAEL SATTER, The Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Elizabeth Jane Howard, whose saga of a wealthy English family living in the shadow of war enchanted readers a generation ahead of "Downton...
Ned Vizzini, 32 (1981 - 2013)
HILLEL ITALIE, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Ned Vizzini, a popular young adult author and television writer who wrote candidly and humorously about his struggles with depression, has...
Paul Torday (2013)
The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — British novelist Paul Torday, who had a surprise best-seller with his debut novel "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen," has died at age 67, his publisher said Thursday...
Janet Dailey, 69 (1944 - 2013)
The Associated PressBRANSON, Missouri (AP) — Romance writer Janet Dailey, whose books have sold more than 325 million copies worldwide, has died at her southwest Missouri home. She was 69.Snapp...
Colin Wilson, 82 (1931 - 2013)
The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — British author Colin Wilson, who gained fame with his first book, "The Outsider," has died. He was 82.Colin Stanley, Wilson's publisher and bibliographer, said the...
Ahmed Fouad Negm, 84 (1929 - 2013)
HAMZA HENDAWI, The Associated Press CAIRO (AP) — Ahmed Fouad Negm, who died Tuesday at the age of 84, was Egypt's poet of revolution, inspiring protesters from the 1970s through the current wave...
Ida Pollock, 105 (1908 - 2013)
JILL LAWLESS, The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — Ida Pollock once said she was born to write. And so she did — millions of words over more than seven decades, spinning tales of impecunious young...
Andre Schiffrin, 78 (1935 - 2013)
LORI HINNANT, The Associated PressPARIS (AP) — Andre Schiffrin, the literary editor who gave readers Art Spiegelman, Michel Foucault and Studs Terkel before he was forced out of commercial...
Doris Lessing, 94 (1919 - 2013)
DANICA KIRKA, The Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Doris Lessing emerged from a black cab outside her home in London one day in 2007 and was confronted by a horde of reporters. When told she had won...
Barbara Park (2013)
HILLEL ITALIE, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Barbara Park, a former class clown who channeled her irreverence into the million-selling mishaps of grade schooler Junie B. Jones in a...
William Weaver, 90 (1923 - 2013)
William Weaver, one of the world's most honored and widely read translators who helped introduce English-language readers to the works of Umberto Eco, Italo Calvino and many other Italian writers,...
Michael Palmer, 71 (1942 - 2013)
The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Michael Palmer, a physician and best-selling suspense author whose "Extreme Measures" was adapted into a 1996 film of the same name starring Hugh Grant and Gene...