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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 women romanced by handsome older men in far-flung locations.The centenarian author of more than 120 books, believed to be the world's oldest romantic novelist, has died at the age of 105.Daughter...
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 of uprisings with sharply political verses excoriating the country's leaders in the rich slang of colloquial Arabic. Silver-haired, with a face creased by age and a lifetime of smoking, Negm —...
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 publishing in a defining battle between profits and literature, has died in Paris. He was 78.Schiffrin, who died Sunday of pancreatic cancer, had sought out authors through his final days, dividing his time...
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 the Nobel Prize, she blinked and retorted "Oh Christ! ... I couldn't care less." That was typical of the independent — and often irascible — author who died Sunday after a long career that...
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 popular series of children's books, has died. She was 66. Park died Friday after a long battle with ovarian cancer, according to a statement released Sunday by Random House Books for Young Readers. She...
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...
Oscar Hijuelos, 62 (1951 - 2013)
The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Oscar Hijuelos, a Cuban-American novelist who won a Pulitzer Prize for his 1989 novel "The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love" and whose work often captured the...
Stanley Kauffmann, 97 (1916 - 2013)
HILLEL ITALIE, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Stanley Kauffmann, the erudite critic, author and editor who reviewed movies for The New Republic for more than 50 years, wrote his own plays and...
Tom Clancy, 66 (1947 - 2013)
HILLEL ITALIE, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — In 1985, a year after the Cold War thriller "The Hunt for Red October" came out, author Tom Clancy was invited to lunch at the Reagan White...
Alvaro Mutis Jaramillo, 90 (1923 - 2013)
KATHERINE CORCORAN, The Associated PressMEXICO CITY (AP) — Prolific Colombian writer and poet Alvaro Mutis Jaramillo died in Mexico's capital Sunday. He was 90 years old.The cause of death couldn't...
Carolyn Cassady (2013)
CASSANDRA VINOGRAD, The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — Carolyn Cassady, a writer who was married to Jack Kerouac's travel companion and a lover of the famous Beat author, has died. She was 90 years...
Marcel Reich-Ranicki, 93 (1920 - 2013)
GEIR MOULSON, The Associated PressBERLIN (AP) — Marcel Reich-Ranicki, who grew up in Poland and Nazi Germany, survived the Warsaw Ghetto and went on to become post-war Germany's best-known literary...
Marshall Berman (1940 - 2013)
The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Marshall Berman, an author, philosopher and educator whose optimistic, humanist writings on economics, art and culture were shaped by his early and lasting...
A.C. Crispin, 63 (1950 - 2013)
The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — A.C. Crispin, a science fiction author who wrote popular tie-in novels to "Star Trek" and "Star Wars" and helped run the online watchdog "Writer Beware" that...
Frederik Pohl, 93 (1919 - 2013)
HERBERT G. McCANN, The Associated PressCHICAGO (AP) — Author Frederik Pohl, who over decades gained a reputation of being a literate and sophisticated writer of science fiction, has died at age 93...
Seamus Heaney, 74 (1939 - 2013)
SHAWN POGATCHNIK, The Associated Press DUBLIN (AP) — To all lovers of the perfectly weighed word, Seamus Heaney offered hope on this side of the grave. Heaney, 74, died Friday in a Dublin...
Matthew Shear (2013)
The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — A gregarious and widely loved publisher who worked with authors ranging from Doris Kearns Goodwin and Shirley MacLaine to Janet Evanovich and Augusten Burroughs...
Elmore Leonard, 87 (1925 - 2013)
MIKE HOUSEHOLDER, The Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — He was the master of his genre, the Dickens of Detroit, the Chaucer of Crime. Pretty much every novel Elmore Leonard wrote from the mid...
Albert Murray, 97 (1916 - 2013)
HILLEL ITALIE, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Albert Murray, the influential novelist and critic who celebrated black culture, scorned black separatism and was once praised by Duke...
Beatrice Kozera (2013)
The Associated Press FRESNO, California (AP) — Beatrice Kozera, the Los Angeles-born woman whose fleeting relationship with novelist Jack Kerouac was chronicled in "On the Road," has died. She...
Barbara Mertz, 85 (1927 - 2013)
LISA TOLIN, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Barbara Mertz, a best-selling mystery writer who wrote dozens of novels under two pen names, has died. She was 85. Mertz died Thursday morning...
John Graves, 92 (1920 - 2013)
PAUL J. WEBER, The Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Author John Graves, whose 1960 book "Goodbye to a River" and authentic depictions of rural Texas made him one of the state's most...
Leighton Gage, 71 (1942 - 2013)
The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — A crime novelist whose books were inspired by Brazilian law enforcement has died. Leighton Gage was 71.His daughter Melina Gage Ratcliffe says he died Friday...
Edmund S. Morgan, 97 (1916 - 2013)
HILLEL ITALIE, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Edmund S. Morgan, a leading scholar of the colonial era who helped reinvigorate the reputations of the founding fathers, probed the country's...
James Martin, 79 (1933 - 2013)
DANICA COTO, The Associated PressSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — James Martin, a British philanthropist and technology guru who was once the highest-selling author on books about computing, has died...
Richard Matheson, 87 (1926 - 2013)
DERRIK J. LANG, The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Richard Matheson, the prolific science-fiction and fantasy writer whose "I Am Legend" and "The Shrinking Man" were transformed into films, has...
Vince Flynn, 47 (1966 - 2013)
STEVE KARNOWSKI, The Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Best-selling author Vince Flynn, who wrote the Mitch Rapp counterterrorism thriller series and sold more than 15 million books in the U.S...
Michael Baigent, 65 (1948 - 2013)
SYLVIA HUI, The Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Writer Michael Baigent, who gained attention for launching a lawsuit contending that "The Da Vinci Code" stole ideas from his own book, has died of...
Yoram Kaniuk, 83 (1930 - 2013)
The Associated PressJERUSALEM (AP) — Yoram Kaniuk, a celebrated Israeli author and harsh critic of his homeland, has died, his relatives said. He was 83.His daughter Naomi Kaniuk said Sunday he...