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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 Twain and spiced the popular canon as general editor of Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, died Sunday night at age 88.Kaplan had been suffering for years from Parkinson's disease, his wife, author Anne...
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 publisher said. The bilingual Quebecoise started out as a journalist and went on to publish well over 100 short stories in her lauded career, many of them in The New Yorker magazine and in collections...
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 perhaps best known for his novel, "Tijuanans," a portrait of Campbell's native city during the 1930s.Born in 1941, Campbell studied law, literature and philosophy in Mexico City and journalism at...
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, who wrote more than three dozen books of poetry, fiction, nonfiction and children's literature, died Thursday at her home in Warner after a year of failing health, said the Bennett Funeral Home in...
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 95.The Fioritto Funeral Service says Crile died at her Cleveland Heights home on Sunday night. Her family says she had been in failing health.Crile published 17 books, including novels, memoirs and...
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...
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...