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Notable Writers Deaths

  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 87 (1927 - 2014)

    Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    E. EDUARDO CASTILLO, The Associated Press MEXICO CITY (AP) — Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez crafted intoxicating fiction from the fatalism, fantasy, cruelty and heroics of the world that set his mind churning as a child growing up on Colombia's Caribbean coast. One of the most revered and influential writers of his generation, he brought Latin America's charm and maddening...

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  • Nina Cassian, 89 (1924 - 2014)

    Nina Cassian

    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...

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  • Sue Townsend, 68 (1946 - 2014)

    Sue Townsend

    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,...

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  • Gregory White Smith (2014)

    Gregory White Smith

    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...

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  • Mary Cheever (2014)

    Mary Cheever

    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 husband who used their lonely, but lasting, marriage as an inspiration for some of his most memorable stories. She was 95. She had been battling pneumonia and died Monday night at her colonial-style...

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