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Michel Faber:

the power of words brought into extraordinary focus.

 

Photograph: David Rose

Rex Feaures

 

The Book of Strange New Things

by Michel Faber review

– a moving study of the power of language

G

Sunday 30 August 2015    15.00 BST

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/aug/30/
the-book-of-strange-new-things-michel-faber-review-moving-study-of-power-of-language

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rebecca F Kuang    USA

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/article/2024/may/04/
rebecca-f-kuang-yellowface-joan-didion-poppy-war-babel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Louise Meriwether    USA

 

 

 

 

Louise Meriwether in 1998.

Her books include “Daddy Was a Number Runner,”

“Fragments of the Ark” and “Shadow Dancing.”

 

Photograph: Fern Logan

 

It’s Not Too Late to Discover Louise Meriwether

The author, 98,

wrote one of the classic novels of Depression-era Black life,

“Daddy Was a Number Runner,” and its themes still resonate today.

NYT

June 17, 2021    Updated 9:41 a.m. ET

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/17/
books/louise-meriwether.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/17/
books/louise-meriwether.htm

 

https://www.nytimes.com/1970/06/28/
archives/daddy-was-a-number-runner.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nikki Giovanni    USA

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
Nikki_Giovanni

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2024/feb/24/
at-80-i-still-have-a-lot-of-anger-american-poet-nikki-giovanni

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deborah Eisenberg    USA

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/27/
magazine/deborah-eisenberg-chronicler-of-american-insanity.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dana Spiotta    USA

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/21/
magazine/the-quietly-subversive-fictions-of-dana-spiotta.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lawrence Osborne    UK

 

http://www.theguardian.com/global/2016/feb/07/
lawrence-osborne-novelist-interview-graham-greene-thailand

 

http://www.theguardian.com/theobserver/2014/apr/13/
lawrence-osborne-acclaim-british-author-gambling-bangkok-novel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marlon James    Jamaica

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/14/
world/americas/marlon-james-jamaican-novelist-wins-man-booker-prize.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michel Faber    Netherlands

 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/aug/30/
the-book-of-strange-new-things-michel-faber-review-moving-study-of-power-of-language

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greg Hrbek    USA

 

https://www.npr.org/2015/09/24/
437287806/not-on-fire-is-a-poignant-perplexing-twist-on-dystopia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carl Phillips    USA

 

https://www.npr.org/2015/08/29/
435492413/for-carl-phillips-
poetry-is-experience-transformed-not-transcribed
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don DeLillo    USA

 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/aug/03/
100-best-novels-underworld-don-delillo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Juan Felipe Herrera    USA

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/10/
books/juan-felipe-herrera-of-california-to-be-next-poet-laureate.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

George the Poet    UK

 

https://www.theguardian.com/news/audio/2020/jul/15/
in-conversation-with-benjamin-zephaniah-and-george-the-poet-pocast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Linton Kwesi Johnson    Jamaica, UK

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/jul/07/
living-legend-linton-kwesi-johnson-wins-pen-pinter-prize

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/apr/27/
linton-kwesi-johnson-brixton-windrush-myth-immigrants-
didnt-want-fit-british-society-we-werent-allowed

 

 

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQkPS1YI1n0
video    G    30 March 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Terrance Hayes    USA

 

 

 

 


Terrance Hayes recording one of his poems

at the Museum of Modern Art on March 12.

 

Photograph: Larry Fink

for The New York Times

 

Galaxies Inside His Head

Terrance Hayes uses poetry to show that there is more to him,

and to anyone, than what you expect.

NYT

MARCH 24, 2015

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/29/
magazine/galaxies-inside-his-head-poet-terrance-hayes.html
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clive James    Australia, UK

 

 

 

 

By the time he was appearing

on What the Papers Say in 1972,

James was the Observer’s TV critic.

 

Photograph: ITV/REX

 

Clive James: ‘I’ve got a lot done since my death’

O

Sunday 15 March 2015    08.30 GMT

http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2015/mar/15/clive-james-interview-done-lot-since-my-death

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/
clive-james

 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2015/mar/25/
sentenced-to-life-clive-james-poetry-collection-review

 

http://www.theguardian.com/culture/video/2015/mar/15/
clive-james-reads-poem-early-to-bed-exclusive-video

 

http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2015/mar/15/
clive-james-interview-done-lot-since-my-death

 

http://www.theguardian.com/media/mediamonkeyblog/2014/nov/27/
clive-james-its-awkward-im-still-alive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Renata Adler    USA

 

 

 

 

Renata Adler, 1970.

 

Photograph: Duane Michals

DC Moore Gallery

 

‘After the Tall Timber’ Collects Renata Adler’s Nonfiction

NYT

MAY 15, 2015

https://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/17/
books/review/after-the-tall-timber-collects-renata-adlers-nonfiction.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/17/
books/review/after-the-tall-timber-collects-renata-adlers-nonfiction.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richard Price    USA

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/11/
books/richard-price-finds-his-pseudonym-for-the-whites-annoying.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/15/
books/review/the-whites-by-richard-price-writing-as-harry-brandt.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nick Hornby    UK

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nick_Hornby

 

 

https://membership.theguardian.com/event/13304182167

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tom Robbins    USA

 

 

 

 

Tom Robbins in 1976.

 

Mr. Robbins is known mostly for novels

like "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues."

 

But his new book, "Tibetan Peach Pie,"

is a memoir.

 

Photograph:

University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections, UW36265

 

Inside a Conjurer of Characters

‘Tibetan Peach Pie,’ a Tom Robbins Memoir

NYT

MAY 20, 2014

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/21/books/tibetan-peach-pie-a-tom-robbins-memoir.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/21/
books/tibetan-peach-pie-a-tom-robbins-memoir.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Sarah Waters    UK

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/10/
books/the-paying-guests-by-sarah-waters-looks-at-1920s-britain.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lorrie Moore    USA

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/23/
books/review/lorrie-moores-bark.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alice Hoffman    USA

 

 

 

 

Alice Hoffman

 

Illustration by Jillian Tamaki

 

Alice Hoffman: By the Book

NYT        FEB. 20, 2014

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/23/books/review/alice-hoffman-by-the-book.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/23/
books/review/alice-hoffman-by-the-book.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zadie Smith    UK

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/
zadiesmith

 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/feb/10/
zadie-smith-yarls-wood-detention-centre-campaign

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Margaret Atwood    Canada

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/
margaretatwood

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
Margaret_Atwood

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/article/2024/may/04/
i-can-say-things-other-people-are-afraid-to-
margaret-atwood-on-censorship-literary-feuds-and-trump

 

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2024/apr/14/
no-one-comes-back-
margaret-atwoods-anti-war-poem-debuts-at-venice-biennale

 

 

 

 

https://www.npr.org/2023/03/14/
1163051009/margaret-atwoods-book-old-babes-in-the-wood

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2023/mar/11/
margaret-atwood-it-would-be-fun-to-talk-to-simone-de-beauvoir-
old-babes-in-the-wood

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2023/feb/25/
widows-by-margaret-atwood-read-the-exclusive-short-story

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/aug/15/
salman-rushdie-free-speech-tyranny-satanic-verses

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/oct/09/
stephen-king-margaret-atwood-roxane-
gay-champion-trans-rights-open-letter-jk-rowling

 

 

 

 

http://www.npr.org/2015/09/30/
444775853/now-is-not-the-time-for-realistic-fiction-says-margaret-atwood

 

 

 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/sep/05/
margaret-atwood-new-work-unseen-century-future-library

 

 

 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/nov/17/
doris-lessing-death-margaret-atwood-tribute

 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/aug/09/
blind-assassin-atwood-book-club

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Susan Hill    UK

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/
susan-hill

 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/oct/25/
susan-hill-books-interview

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gillian Flynn    USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.npr.org/2012/05/14/
152289627/exclusive-first-read-gone-girl-by-gillian-flynn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patrick Joseph Kavanagh    UK

 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/may/30/
david-nicholls-book-that-saved-him-pj-kavanagh-perfect-stranger-memoir-love

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Louise Erdrich    USA

 

https://www.nytimes.com/topic/person/
louise-erdrich
 

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/15/us/
louise-erdrichs-novel-the-round-house-wins-national-book-award.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tim Lott    UK

 

 https://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2012/oct/24/
live-webchat-time-lott-writing-advice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Howard Jacobson    UK

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/
howard-jacobson
 

 

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/oct/05/
howard-jacobson-bad-boys-books

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/oct/12/
howard-jacobson-the-finkler-question-booker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lawrence Norfolk    UK

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/sep/07/
lawrence-norfolk-life-in-writing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simon Stephens    UK

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2012/aug/06/
morning-edinburgh-review

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jonathan Franzen    USA

 

 https://www.theguardian.com/books/
jonathan-franzen

 

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/may/25/
jonathan-franzen-the-path-to-freedom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew Miller    UK

 

 https://www.theguardian.com/books/
andrew-miller

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/mar/27/
the-slowworms-song-by-andrew-miller-review-
belfast-booze-and-a-lifetime-of-bad-nights

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2012/jan/25/
andrew-miller-interview

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anne Tyler    USA

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/
anne-tyler

 

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/apr/13/
anne-tyler-interview

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chad Harbach    USA

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/jan/07/
art-of-fielding-baseball-novel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alan Ayckbourn    UK

 

 https://www.theguardian.com/stage/
alanayckbourn

 

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2011/sep/15/
alan-ayckbourn-neighbourhood-watch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Coover    USA

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/
robert-coover

 

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2011/jun/27/
robert-coover-life-in-writing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Helen Oyeyemi    UK

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/
helen-oyeyemi

 

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2011/jun/26/
helen-oyeyemi-once-upon-a-life

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Julia Donaldson    UK

 

 https://www.theguardian.com/books/
julia-donaldson

 

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/jun/07/
gruffalo-julia-donaldson-new-children-s-laureate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew Motion    UK

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/
andrewmotion 

 

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/2011/may/08/
incoming-theatre-review-andrew-motion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Mohsin Hamid    UK

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2011/may/01/
once-upon-a-life-mohsin-hamid

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elif Batuman    USA

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/
elif-batuman 

 

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/apr/21/
elif-batuman-bestseller-life

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bruce Norris    USA

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/2011/apr/19/
clybourne-park-wins-drama-pulitzer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

James Frey    USA

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/
james-frey

 

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/apr/19/
james-frey-final-testament-bible

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

George RR Martin    USA

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/
george-rr-martin
 

 

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/apr/13/
george-rr-martin-game-thrones

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barbara Ehrenreich    USA

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/14/
opinion/14ehrenreich.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Martina Cole    UK

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/video/2011/mar/30/
martina-cole-erwin-james-the-runaway

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/oct/28/
martina-cole-queen-of-crime

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tony Kushner    USA

 

https://www.nytimes.com/topic/person/
tony-kushner

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/25/
theater/25angels.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thomas McGuane    USA

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/24/
books/review/Meloy-t.html 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/21/
books/21mcguane.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arundhati Roy    India

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/
arundhatiroy

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/jul/16/
interview-arunadha-roy-book

 

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/apr/17/
india-rapes-damaged-divided-nation-hindu-nationalism

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/may/27/
arundhati-roy-fiction-takes-time-second-novel-ministry-utmost-happiness

 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/feb/02/
pankaj-mishra-arundhati-roy-hindu-nationalists-silence-writers-india

 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/jul/18/
arundhati-roy-accuses-mahatma-gandhi-discrimination

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/oct/26/
arundhati-roy-kashmir-india

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colm Tóibín    Ireland

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/
colmtoibin

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/nov/29/
a-guest-at-the-feast-by-colm-toibin-review-words-never-fail-him

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/audio/2010/sep/10/
colm-toibin-book-club

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Randy Kearse

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/10/nyregion/
10books.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Howard Brenton    UK

 

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/
howardbrenton 

 

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/jul/10/
howard-brenton-life-in-theatre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eoin Colfer    Ireland

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/
eoin-colfer 

 

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/jun/17/
artemis-fowl-best-puffin-eoin-colfer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Polly Stenham    UK

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/theobserver/2010/may/16/
polly-stenham-interview

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nick Cave    Australia

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/video/2009/jul/13/
nick-cave-death-bunny-munro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joe Hill    USA

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2010/apr/13/
joe-hill-sympathy-for-the-devil 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sam Lipsyte    USA

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/07/
books/review/Millet-t.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amy Bloom    USA

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/07/
books/review/Gray-t.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jonathan Franzen    USA

 

 https://www.theguardian.com/books/
jonathan-franzen

 

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/sep/25/jonathan-franzen-interview

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/21/opinion/21brooks.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don DeLillo    USA

 

https://www.nytimes.com/topic/person/
don-delillo

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/04/
books/04delillo.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christopher Reid    HK, UK

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2010/jan/29/
christopher-reid-poet-costa-winner

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/jan/26/
christopher-reid-costa-book-prize

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Malcolm Gladwell    UK, Canada

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/malcolm-gladwell

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/15/books/review/Pinker-t.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/20/books/20gladwell.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/05/books/review/05donadio.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jonathan Littell    FR, USA

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/feb/22/
history-holocaust-books-jonathan-littell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Douglas Coupland    Canada

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/douglascoupland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Philip Hoare    UK

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/audio/2009/jul/03/
philip-hoare-leviathan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Petina Gappah    Zimbabwe

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/audio/2009/jan/26/
pettina-gappah-dancing-champion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Martina Cole (born Eilidh Martina Cole)        UK

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2009/may/31/
martina-cole-books

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walter Ellis Mosley        USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2016/07/29/
487601378/easy-writer-walter-mosleys-passion-for-bringing-black-l-a-stories-to-life

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Will Elliott    Australia

 

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2009/06/03/
arts/entertainment-us-books-elliott.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Julia Donaldson    UK

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/video/2009/may/26/
hay-festival-julia-donaldson-gruffalo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Peace    UK

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/feb/22/
fiction-david-peace-the-damned-utd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richard Bean    UK

 

 https://www.theguardian.com/stage/
richardbean

 

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/2009/jan/28/
richard-bean-taboo-playwright-theatre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sherry Jones

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2008/sep/29/jewel.of.medina.firebomb

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/sep/29/publishing.civilliberties

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joseph O'Neill

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2008/sep/07/celebrity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anne Enright    Ireland

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/07/books/review/Benfey-t.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/08/books/08enri.html

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2007/oct/18/bookerprize2007.thebookerprize

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2007/oct/16/bookerprize2007.thebookerprize6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edmund White    USA

 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2007/apr/28/
theatre.stage 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Naomi Klein    Canada

 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/feb/15/
100-best-nonfiction-books-number-3-no-logo-naomi-klein-
anti-corporate-capitalism-branding-brands

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harlan Coben    USA

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/23/
opinion/l23spy.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/16/
opinion/16coben.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Philip Pullman    UK

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/
philippullman

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
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https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/oct/22/
philip-pullman-my-daemon-is-a-raven-la-belle-sauvage-interview-questions

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/video/2017/aug/17/
michael-sheen-reads-from-philip-pullmans-la-belle-sauvage

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/02/14/
515193632/author-philip-pullman-announces-a-follow-up-trilogy-to-his-dark-materials

 

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/gallery/2016/may/21/
philip-pullmans-the-adventures-of-john-blake-the-mystery-of-the-ghost-ship

 

http://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/gallery/2015/sep/25/
northern-lights-philip-pullman-graphic-novel

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/sep/13/philip-pullman-book-club

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/jan/27/philip-pullman-defend-libraries-web

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/apr/19/philip-pullman-interview-catholic-church

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/apr/04/scoundrel-christ-pullman-review

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/sep/30/american-library-association-banned-books

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/audioslideshow/2009/feb/22/art-philippullman

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2008/sep/29/
philip.pullman.amber.spyglass.golden.compass.banned

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Mamet    USA

 

https://www.nytimes.com/topic/person/
david-mamet

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
David_Mamet

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/12/28/
books/david-mamet-interview-hollywood.html

 

http://theater.nytimes.com/2012/12/10/
theater/reviews/glengarry-glen-ross-by-david-mamet-with-al-pacino.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hanif Kureishi    UK

 

https://www.theguardian.com/profile/
hanif-kureishi

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
Hanif_Kureishi

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2023/dec/26/
hanif-kureishi-accident-completely-eradicated-sense-self-privacy

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2023/jan/06/
hanif-kureishi-fall-rome-spinal-surgery-novelist-screenwriter

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/apr/08/
hanif-kureishi-racism-makes-people-mad-
its-necessary-to-deal-with-this-in-fiction

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/apr/25/
there-were-no-books-about-people-like-me-so-i-wrote-one-myself-
hanif-kureishi-on-the-buddha-of-suburbia

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/aug/12/
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http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/dec/12/
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http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/jan/29/
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http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/jan/19/
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http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/oct/04/
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http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/may/03/
hanif-kureishi-victim-suspected-fraud

 

 

 

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/video/2010/may/05/
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https://www.theguardian.com/books/2009/jun/29/
hanif-kureishi-black-album

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edna O’Brien    Ireland

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/
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https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/dec/13/
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https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2017/jun/18/
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https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2017/jun/15/
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Dan Brown    USA

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/
danbrown
 

 

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/sep/15/
dan-brown-lost-symbol-sales

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

J.K. Rowling    UK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/jkrowling 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/harrypotter

https://www.theguardian.com/film/harrypotter 

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/harry-potter-and-the-cursed-child

https://www.nytimes.com/topic/person/j-k-rowling

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2023/feb/22/
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https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/dec/12/
jk-rowling-launches-
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https://www.theguardian.com/film/2022/nov/28/
helena-bonham-carter-defends-jk-rowling-and-johnny-depp

 

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2022/oct/25/
ralph-fiennes-defends-jk-rowling

 

https://www.npr.org/2022/08/31/
1120299781/jk-rowling-new-book-the-ink-black-heart

 

 

 

 

https://www.npr.org/2020/06/10/
873472683/harry-potters-magic-fades-when-his-creator-tweets

 

 

 

 

http://www.npr.org/2017/06/26/
534445020/on-harry-potters-20th-anniversary-listen-to-his-npr-debut

 

 

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/24/
business/in-the-chamber-of-secrets-jk-rowlings-net-worth.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/06/
theater/why-jk-rowling-endorsed-harry-potter-and-the-cursed-child-for-the-stage.html

 

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2016/jun/05/
jk-rowling-harry-potter-cursed-child-jack-thorne-john-tiffany-interview

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/05/
theater/jk-rowling-just-cant-let-harry-potter-go.html

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/03/08/
469663802/j-k-rowling-releases-part-1-of-new-magic-in-north-america-series

 

 

 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/jun/24/
jk-rowling-reveals-history-dursleys-harry-potter

 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/feb/17/
jk-rowling-second-novel-robert-galbraith

 

 

 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/poll/2013/jul/31/
harry-potter-15-year-anniversary-poll

 

 

 

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/sep/30/casual-vacancy-jk-rowling-digested-read

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/27/books/book-review-the-casual-vacancy-by-j-k-rowling.html

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/sep/22/jk-rowling-book-casual-vacancy

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/apr/12/jk-rowling-growing-first

 

 

 

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/oct/20/jk-rowling-hans-christian-andersen-prize

 

 

 

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2008/oct/02/harry.potter.richest.authors

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2008/jul/24/richlists.jkrowling

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/15/nyregion/15rowling.html

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2007/dec/13/harrypotter.books 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2007/oct/21/film.books

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2007/jul/20/harrypotter.jkjoannekathleenrowling1 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2007/jul/19/harrypotter.jkjoannekathleenrowling1  

 

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2007/jul/18/retail.harrypotter 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2007/jul/19/harrypotter.books 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2007/jul/15/harrypotter.books 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2007/mar/28/harrypotter.jkjoannekathleenrowling 

 

 

 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2005/may/15/books.harrypotter   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Julian Barnes    UK

 

https://www.theguardian.com/profile/
julianbarnes

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/dec/02/
julian-barnes-i-was-wrong-about-em-forster

 

http://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/may/06/
julian-barnes-leicester-city-premier-league-stupid-love

 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/mar/18/
julian-barnes-remembers-anita-brookner

 

 

 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/may/02/
julian-barnes-art-doesnt-capture-thrill-of-life

 

 

 

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/mar/30/
julian-barnes-sense-of-another-ending

 

 

 

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/oct/23/
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http://www.theguardian.com/news/2012/jul/15/
julian-barnes-shakespeare-helen-mirren

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/jun/29/
my-life-as-bibliophile-julian-barnes

 

 

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/19/
books/julian-barnes-wins-the-man-booker-prize.html

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/oct/18/
booker-prize-julian-barnes-wins

 

 

 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2008/feb/23/
biography.julianbarnes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ian McEwan    UK

 

 

 

 

Ian McEwan in April 1976.

 

Photograph: John McGrath

 

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Thomas Pynchon    USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/topic/person/
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Norton Juster    USA

 

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/aug/14/
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Tobias Wolff    USA

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/aug/25/
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http://www.theguardian.com/books/2008/jul/19/
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Patrick McGrath    UK

 

 

 

 

The Guardian    Weekend    p. 3    Saturday September 3, 2005

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William Woodard Self    UK

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/
willself 

 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/may/02/
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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/18/
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http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/aug/05/
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Kiran Desai    India

 

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2001/feb/05/
immigration.eu 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jonathan Earl Franzen    USA

 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/
jonathan-franzen

 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2006/oct/07/
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William McGuire "Bill" Bryson    USA

 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2006/sep/02/
billbryson.biography 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark Haddon    UK

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2008/jun/13/
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https://www.theguardian.com/books/2006/may/29/
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https://www.theguardian.com/books/2004/apr/11/
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Alan Bennett    UK

 

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/
alanbennett
 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/film/video/2016/sep/27/
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http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2014/may/25/
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http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2014/may/06/
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http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/johann-hari/
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http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/2009/nov/18/
alan-bennett-the-habit-of-art

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kathy O'Beirne    Ireland

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2006/sep/23/books.booksnews 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2006/sep/20/booksnews.ireland 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Margaret Drabble    UK

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/
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http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/nov/02/
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Bret Easton Ellis    USA

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/
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http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/may/13/
bret-easton-ellis-gay-criticism

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/audio/2010/jul/26/
bret-easton-ellis-guardian-book-club

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

James Ellroy    USA

 

 

The Guardian        G2        p. 16        16 March 2006

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/jamesellroy

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2008/jun/12/james.ellroy

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/jul/10/
james-ellroy-alcoholics-anonymous-hollywood-death-trip-interview

 

https://www.npr.org/2021/06/20/
1007785389/widespread-panic-might-be-the-most-ellroy-book-
james-ellroy-has-ever-written

 

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2015/may/18/
destination-morgue-james-ellroy-los-angeles-crime-scene-secrets-in-pictures

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/jan/09/james-ellroy-david-peace-conversation

 

http://www.theguardian.com/film/2005/jun/28/news

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Armistead Maupin    USA

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2006/sep/14/
fiction.armisteadmaupin

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2008/jun/13/
armistead.maupin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joyce Carol Oates    USA

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/
joyce-carol-oates

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/aug/21/
babysitter-by-joyce-carol-oates-review-risk-taking-and-unforgettable

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/nov/29/
hazards-of-time-travel-by-joyce-carol-oates-review

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/jun/11/
a-book-of-american-martyrs-joyce-carol-oates-review

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/feb/21/
the-man-without-a-shadow-joyce-carol-oates-review

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/jan/12/
the-sacrifice-joyce-carol-oates-review

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/jan/31/
carthage-joyce-carol-oates-review

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/jan/12/
carthage-joyce-carol-oates-review

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2012/dec/27/
corn-maiden-joyce-carol-oates-review

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2012/aug/14/
joyce-carol-oates-portrait-artist

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2011/mar/19/
widows-story-joyce-carol-oates-review

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2011/mar/06/
widows-story-carol-oates-review

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2009/dec/29/
a-fair-maiden

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2000/apr/09/
fiction.reviews1

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2000/apr/01/
fiction.film

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don DeLillo    USA

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/
dondelillo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ben Okri    Nigeria

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/
benokri

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/26/
books/ben-okri.html

 

https://www.theguardian.com/news/audio/2021/dec/27/
revisited-britains-rich-history-of-black-literature-
podcast - Guardian podcast

 

 https://www.theguardian.com/books/2008/jun/12/
benokri

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Irvine Welsh    UK

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/
irvinewelsh

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2023/jul/02/
trainspotting-author-irvine-welsh-book-choose-life-young-people

 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/apr/03/
irvine-welsh-interview-blade-artist-trainspotting-porno-begbie

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/apr/15/
irvine-welsh-writer-trainspotting-skagboys

 

http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2006/jul/20/
theatre.stage 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2003/apr/07/
fiction.irvinewelsh 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2005/oct/20/
penal.crime 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2001/aug/22/
books.edinburghbookfestival2001

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/theobserver/1993/aug/15/
featuresreview.review

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mary Higgins Clark    USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.npr.org/2017/12/18/
571579641/prolific-suspense-writer-mary-higgins-clark-turns-90-on-christmas-eve

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edward Bond    UK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wole Soyinka    Nigeria

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/wolesoyinka

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2008/jun/11/wolesoyinka

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/28/
books/review/wole-soyinka-chronicles-novel.html

 

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2021/jan/13/
wole-soyinka-uganda-election-africa

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/aug/06/
wole-soyinka-protests-imprisonment-of-nigerian-humanist-mubarak-bala

 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/mar/29/
wole-soyinka-interview-nigeria-corruption-goodluck-jonathan

 

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/12/
wole-soyinka-nigeria-needs-new-leaders-tackle-boko-haram

 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2008/jun/11/
wolesoyinka

 

http://www.theguardian.com/education/2005/jun/29/
internationaleducationnews.highereducation 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sir V(idiadhar) S(urajprasad) Naipaul    Trinidad, UK

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2008/apr/13/
biography.features 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2001/sep/01/
fiction.reviews1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Irving    USA

 

 

 

Grappling with life

 

John Irving

 

Raised in New Hampshire,

his early passions were writing and wrestling.

One of the few successful practitioners

of the big, multi-layered novel – Dickens is his inspiration –

he has scrutinised America's 'vast issues'

through the prism of his own complex history.

Recent revelations about his long-estranged father

have added poignancy to his latest work.

Interview by Nicholas Wroe

 

The Guardian > Review        pp. 12-13

13 August 2005

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2005/aug/13/fiction.johnirving

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/30/
books/review/kevin-wilson-perfect-little-world.html

 

 

 

 

http://www.npr.org/2015/11/03/
453986815/john-irving-always-knows-where-hes-going

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/03/
books/review-in-john-irvings-avenue-of-mysteries-
a-blur-of-aphorisms-and-magical-events.html

 

 

 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2008/jun/13/
john.irving

 

 

 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2005/aug/13/
fiction.johnirving

 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2005/aug/20/
fiction.johnirving

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Maxwell Coetzee    South Africa, Australia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
J._M._Coetzee

https://www.theguardian.com/books/
jmcoetzee

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/article/
jm-coetzee-best-books.html - September 19, 2023

 

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2023/jul/28/
life-and-times-of-michael-k-review-black-box-theatre-galway

 

https://www.npr.org/2010/01/18/
122449987/an-unsparing-look-at-a-writer-named-coetzee

 

 

 

 

https://www.npr.org/2003/10/02/
1452979/nobel-prize-literature-winner-j-m-coetzee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alice Munro    Canada    1931-2024

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/
alice-munro

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
Alice_Munro

 

 

https://www.npr.org/2024/05/14/
1251314790/alice-munro-dead

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2024/05/14/
books/review/alice-munro-appraisal.html

 

 

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/14/books/review/
family-furnishings-selected-stories-by-alice-munro.html

 

 

 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/dec/06/
alice-munro-interview-nobel-prize-short-story-literature

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/11/books/
alice-munro-mining-the-inner-lives-of-girls-and-women.html

 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/oct/10/
alice-munro-nobel-literature-prize-margaret-atwood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Auster    USA    1947-2024

 

 

 

 

Auster at home in Brooklyn, New York in 1988

 

Photograph: Ulf Andersen/Getty Images

 

Paul Auster – a life in pictures

Paul Auster, the author of 34 books

including the acclaimed New York Trilogy,

has died aged 77.

Auster became known for his ‘highly stylised,

quirkily riddlesome postmodernist fiction

in which narrators are rarely other than unreliable

and the bedrock of plot is continually shifting’,

the novelist Joyce Carol Oates wrote in 2010

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https://www.theguardian.com/books/gallery/2024/may/01/
paul-auster-a-life-in-pictures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.npr.org/books/authors/137951150/
paul-auster

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2008/jun/10/
paulauster

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
Paul_Auster

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/article/2024/may/02/
paul-auster-jonathan-lethem-tribute-author

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2024/may/01/
getting-a-book-idea-feels-like-a-buzz-in-the-head-paul-auster-a-life-in-quotes

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2024/may/01/
brooklyns-bard-paul-austers-tricksy-fiction-captivated-a-generation

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2024/may/01/
a-literary-voice-for-the-ages-
paul-auster-remembered-by-ian-mcewan-joyce-carol-oates-and-more

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2024/may/01/
paul-auster-dies-aged-77-death-american-author-new-york-trilogy

 

https://www.npr.org/2024/05/01/
1212212960/paul-auster-dead

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2024/04/30/
books/review/paul-auster-appreciation.html

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2024/04/30/
books/paul-auster-dead.html

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2023/nov/18/
paul-auster-on-cancer-connection-and-the-fallacy-of-closure

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2023/jan/15/
paul-auster-right-own-gun-us-bloodbath-nation-interview

 

 

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/27/
style/daniel-auster-life-death.html

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/12/
books/review/paul-auster-by-the-book.html

 

https://www.npr.org/2013/12/15/
250022407/a-personal-report-from-the-interior-of-author-paul-auster

 

 

 

 

https://www.npr.org/2012/08/23/
159915958/paul-auster-s-journal-of-his-body

 

https://www.npr.org/2010/11/10/
131196031/paul-auster-tackles-homelessness-and-broken-hearts

 

 

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/23/
opinion/23auster.html

 

https://www.npr.org/templates/
story/story.php?storyId=5156266 - July 15, 2006

 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2005/nov/12/
fiction.shopping 

 

https://www.npr.org/templates/
story/story.php?storyId=4244994 - December 25, 2004

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Benjamin Zephaniah    Jamaica, UK    1958-2023

 

 

 

 

Zephaniah aged 21

 

Photograph: Benjamin Zephaniah

 

Benjamin Zephaniah – a life in pictures

Beloved poet and writer Benjamin Zephaniah has died aged 65.

Here are the snapshots of his life

– from his early years as a dub poet to his screen roles and activism

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https://www.theguardian.com/books/gallery/2023/dec/07/
benjamin-zephaniah-a-life-in-pictures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/
benjamin-zephaniah

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
Benjamin_Zephaniah

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2023/dec/28/
benjamin-zephaniah-laid-to-rest-in-private-funeral

 

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2023/dec/08/
benjamin-zephaniah-death-brilliant-life-progressive-views

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2023/dec/07/
benjamin-zephaniah-for-him-poetry-was-all-about-communication

 

https://www.theguardian.com/news/audio/2023/dec/07/
revisited-a-conversation-with-benjamin-zephaniah-
podcast - 2020 Guardian podcast

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/gallery/2023/dec/07/
benjamin-zephaniah-a-life-in-pictures

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2023/dec/07/
a-sandy-place-a-recipe-for-a-nation-and-a-christmas-plea-
three-poems-by-benjamin-zephaniah

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2023/dec/07/
a-hero-to-millions-
benjamin-zephaniah-remembered-michael-rosen-kae-tempest-and-more

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2023/dec/07/
british-poet-benjamin-zephaniah-dies-aged-65

 

https://www.theguardian.com/news/audio/2020/jul/15/
in-conversation-with-benjamin-zephaniah-and-george-the-poet-pocast

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/jul/07/
benjamin-zephaniah-coppers-were-standing-on-my-back-
and-i-thought-ok-im-going-to-die-here

 

 

 

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/video/2012/oct/01/
benjamin-zephaniah-poetry-video

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2009/may/21/
benjamin-zephaniah-interview

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A.S. Byatt    UK    1936-2023

 

https://www.theguardian.com/profile/asbyatt

https://www.nytimes.com/topic/person/a-s-byatt

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
A._S._Byatt

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2023/nov/17/
as-byatt-dame-antonia-byatt-obituary

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2023/nov/17/
as-byatt-a-life-defined-by-literature

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2023/nov/17/
as-byatt-author-and-critic-dies-aged-87

 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/aug/27/
the-shepherds-crown-terry-pratchett-review-discworld

 

 

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/10/world/europe/
10byatt.html

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2009/jun/18/
book-club-possession-as-byatt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cormac McCarthy    USA    1933-2023

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Martin Amis    UK    1948-2023

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Russell Earl Banks    USA    1940-2023

 

https://www.nytimes.com/topic/person/
russell-banks

 

 

https://www.npr.org/2023/01/10/
1148071365/russell-banks-dies-continental-drift-cloudsplitter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Raymond Redvers Briggs    UK    1934-2022

 

 

 

 

Raymond Briggs in 1980,

two years after publication of The Snowman.

 

Photograph: ANL/Rex/Shutterstock

 

‘We’ll still be watching in 50 years’:

how Raymond Briggs’s The Snowman changed Christmas

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https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2022/aug/10/
well-still-be-watching-in-50-years-how-raymond-briggss-the-snowman-changed-christmas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

children’s author

whose cheeky illustrations

dignified workaday British life

and an audacious

breadth of emotions,

most prominently

in the wordless escapades

of “The Snowman,”

 

(...)

 

By piling up

square and rectangular frames

like toy blocks,

Mr. Briggs helped bring

the visual language

of comic books

to children’s stories.

 

The technique allowed him

to cram action onto a page

before delighting

or shocking a reader

with a large canvas

— two new friends

soaring over an English palace,

or five warplanes

ominously approaching.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/10/
books/raymond-briggs-dead.html

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/
raymond-briggs

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/aug/10/
raymond-briggs-remembered-
he-made-what-he-did-look-easy-which-is-of-course-what-geniuses-do

 

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2022/aug/10/
well-still-be-watching-in-50-years-how-raymond-briggss-
the-snowman-changed-christmas

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/gallery/2022/aug/10/
the-snowman-the-bogeyman-and-father-christmas-
the-world-of-raymond-briggs-author-illustrator-in-pictures

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/aug/10/
snowman-author-raymond-briggs-dies-aged-88

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/10/
books/raymond-briggs-dead.html

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/nov/12/
time-for-lights-out-raymond-briggs-review

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hilary Mary Mantel    UK    1952-2022

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/
hilary-mantel

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2023/apr/22/
my-last-words-to-her-were-i-wont-be-long-hilary-mantel-husband-
on-her-last-days-and-the-novel-she-left-behind

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/dec/10/
obituaries-2022-hilary-mantel-remembered-by-ben-miles

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/sep/23/
dame-hilary-mantel-obituary

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/sep/23/
hilary-mantel-her-10-greatest-books

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shirley Hughes    UK    1927-2022

 

 

 

 

Hughes working at home in 2011

 

Photograph: Martin Godwin

The Guardian

 

Toddlers, kites and dogs

– the world of Shirley Hughes in pictures

The author and illustrator of beloved picture books

Dogger and Alfie Gets in First

has died aged 94

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https://www.theguardian.com/books/gallery/2022/mar/03/
toddlers-kites-and-dogs-the-world-of-shirley-hughes-in-pictures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An illustration from Ruby in the Ruins, 2018

 

Photograph: © Shirley Hughes

Walker Books

 

Toddlers, kites and dogs

– the world of Shirley Hughes in pictures

The author and illustrator of beloved picture books

Dogger and Alfie Gets in First

has died aged 94

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Thu 3 Mar 2022    12.23 GMT

https://www.theguardian.com/books/gallery/2022/mar/03/
toddlers-kites-and-dogs-the-world-of-shirley-hughes-in-pictures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prolific author and illustrator

whose affectionate

image of childhood

has been instantly recognisable

for more than 60 years

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/mar/02/
shirley-hughes-obituary

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/gallery/2022/mar/03/
toddlers-kites-and-dogs-the-world-of-shirley-hughes-in-pictures

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/mar/02/
shirley-hughes-obituary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joan Didion    USA    1934-2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gloria Jean Watkins    USA    1952-2021

 

better known by her pen name

bell hooks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.npr.org/2021/12/15/
1064509418/bell-hooks-feminist-author-critic-activist-died

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anne Rice    USA    1941-2021

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/
annerice
 

 

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/oct/24/
anne-rice-catholic-church-rejection-vampire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jill Murphy    UK    1949-2021

 

children’s author and illustrator

 

The writer was best known

for the much-loved picture book

Peace at Last

and the Worst Witch

series of novels

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/aug/20/
jill-murphy-childrens-author-and-illustrator-dies-aged-72

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/gallery/2021/aug/24/
a-life-well-drawn-illustrations-by-jill-murphy-in-pictures

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/aug/20/
jill-murphy-childrens-author-and-illustrator-dies-aged-72

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/jan/25/
jill-murphy-worst-witch-career-classic-children-author

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eric Carle    USA    1929-2021

 

Eric Carle's picture books

were often about insects.

 

Spiders, lady bugs, crickets

and of course,

that famous caterpillar,

all as colorful and friendly

as Carle himself.

 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

— probably Carle's

best-known work —

came out in 1969

and became one of the bestselling

children's books of all time.

(...)

Over the course of his career,

Carle illustrated

more than 70 books for kids.

 

He didn't get started on that path

until he was nearly 40,

but he found great inspiration

in his own childhood.

 

Born in Syracuse, N.Y.,

Carle remembered an early life

filled with art, light

and walking through nature

holding his father's hand.

https://www.npr.org/2021/05/26/
970974320/eric-carle-creator-of-the-very-hungry-caterpillar-has-died

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.npr.org/2021/05/29/
1001441767/opinion-eric-carle-brought-light-and-color-to-our-lives

 

https://www.npr.org/2021/05/26/
970974320/eric-carle-creator-of-the-very-hungry-caterpillar-has-died

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joan May Walsh    USA    1926-2021

 

her children’s books

touched millions

 

Her first in a prolific career,

“A Friend Is Someone

Who Likes You,”

was a phenomenon.

 

And her illustrations

capturing childhood

became a cottage industry.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/30/
books/joan-walsh-anglund-dead.html

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/30/
books/joan-walsh-anglund-dead.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beverly Atlee Bunn    USA    1916-2021

 

Beloved Children’s Book Author

 

Her funny stories

about Henry Huggins and his dog Ribsy,

the sisters Ramona and Beezus Quimby,

and a motorcycling mouse named Ralph

never talked down to readers.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/26/
books/beverly-cleary-dead.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.npr.org/2021/03/26/
311881785/beverly-cleary-creator-of-ramona-quimby-dies-at-104

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/26/
books/beverly-cleary-dead.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Larry Jeff McMurtry    USA    1936-2021

 

novelist of the American West

 

In “Lonesome Dove,”

“The Last Picture Show”

and dozens more novels and screenplays,

he offered unromantic depictions

of a long mythologized region.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/26/
books/larry-mcmurtry-dead.html

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/26/
books/larry-mcmurtry-dead.html

 

https://www.npr.org/2021/03/26/
981592425/larry-mcmurtry-novelist-and-screenwriter-of-the-west-
has-died-at-age-84

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Le Carré    UK    1931-2020

 

pseudonym of David John Moore Cornwell

 

 

 

 

'I do give a damn'

 

After years of writing superior spy thrillers,

author David Cornwell, aka John Le Carré,

has evolved into an impassioned political commentator.

 

The film of his novel The Constant Gardener

- which opens this year's London film festival -

is a searing indictment of Britain's recent record in Africa.

In a rare interview,

he talks to Stuart Jeffries about his 'radical period'

 

The Guardian    G2    pp. 10-11

Thursday October 6, 2005

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2005/oct/06/
fiction.johnlecarre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/
johnlecarre

https://www.theguardian.com/theobserver/2009/nov/01/
profile-john-le-carre

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2023/oct/15/
the-secret-life-of-john-le-carre-by-adam-sisman-review

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2023/jul/01/
theres-never-a-dull-day-amid-my-fathers-words-
what-john-le-carres-letters-revealed-to-his-son

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2023/mar/01/
second-john-le-carre-biography-to-reveal-secrets-held-back-
while-author-was-alive

 

 

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/05/
books/john-le-carre-a-private-spy.html

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/oct/08/
john-le-carre-letters-extracts-david-cornwell

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/oct/08/
each-envelope-a-treasure-how-i-became-le-carres-friend-and-reader

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/oct/09/
fintan-otoole-on-john-le-carres-final-twist-dying-as-an-irishman

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/ng-interactive/2021/oct/09/
they-told-me-i-was-grown-up-enough-to-keep-a-secret-
exclusive-extract-from-silverview-john-le-carres-final-novel

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/oct/09/
the-twists-and-turns-are-riveting-stephen-king-paula-hawkins-and-others-
on-their-favourite-le-carre

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/apr/01/
john-le-carre-chronicler-of-englishness-died-irish-son-reveals

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/dec/18/
le-carre-death-loss-public-figures-intimate-mourn-mourning

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/dec/18/
john-le-carre-didnt-invent-the-spy-novel-
he-joined-a-tradition-and-made-it-new-again

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/14/
books/john-le-carre-critics-appraisal.html

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/dec/14/
john-le-carre-remembered-margaret-atwood-john-banville-ian-rankin

 

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2020/dec/14/
john-le-carre-on-film-tinker-tailor-soldier-spy

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2020/dec/14/
john-le-carre-a-life-in-pictures

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/dec/14/
john-le-carre-obituary

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/dec/13/
john-le-carre-author-of-tinker-tailor-soldier-spy-dies-aged-89

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/13/
books/john-le-carre-dead.html

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/oct/11/
john-le-carre-truth-was-what-you-got-away-with

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/jan/05/
john-le-carre-eric-hobsbawm-tinker-tailor-marxist-academic

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/dec/10/
john-le-carre-agent-running-in-the-field

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/may/22/
john-le-carre-letter-british-politics

 

 

 

 

http://www.npr.org/2017/09/05/
547992458/in-a-legacy-of-spies-john-le-carr-goes-back-out-in-the-cold

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/sep/16/
john-le-carre-biography-own-story-adam-sisman

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/sep/08/
the-pigeon-tunnel-john-le-carre-review-memoir-autobiography

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/video/2016/sep/03/
simon-russell-beale-reads-
from-john-le-carres-the-spy-who-came-in-from-the-cold-video

 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/ng-interactive/2016/sep/03/
hes-very-sexy-tom-hiddleston-simon-russell-beale-and-other-actors-on-le-carre

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/video/2016/sep/03/
damian-lewis-reads-john-le-carres-our-kind-of-traitor-video

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/ng-interactive/2016/sep/03/
tinker-tailor-writer-spy-the-many-lives-of-john-le-carre-in-his-own-words

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/sep/02/
john-le-carre-beaten-by-father-abandoned-by-mother-the-pigeon-tunnel-memoir

 

 

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/01/
books/review/john-le-carre-the-biography-and-frederick-forsyths-the-outsider.html

 

 

 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/oct/24/
john-le-carre-lefty-adam-sisman

 

 

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/20/
movies/john-le-carre-on-philip-seymour-hoffman.html

 

 

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/21/
magazine/john-le-carre-has-not-mellowed-with-age.html

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/apr/19/
delicate-truth-le-carre-review

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/apr/12/
john-le-carre-spy-anniversary

 

 

 

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/nov/12/
salman-rushdie-john-le-carre

 

 

 

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/sep/16/
le-carre-spy-spooks

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/mar/30/
john-le-carre-booker-honour

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/feb/23/
john-le-carre-archive-bodleian

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2005/oct/06/fiction.johnlecarre 

 

https://www.npr.org/2005/08/26/
4817316/master-spy-storyteller-john-le-carre

 

https://www.npr.org/2005/07/27/
4773621/bringing-le-carres-constant-gardener-to-the-big-screen

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2004/oct/13/
uselections2004.usa13

 

https://www.npr.org/2004/02/04/
1643439/le-carres-thriller-absolute-friends

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2002/oct/05/features2  

 

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2002/oct/05/features1

 

 

 

 

https://archive.nytimes.com/www.nytimes.com/books/
99/03/21/specials/lecarre-thecold.html - January 12, 1964

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charles Robert Saunders    USA    1946-2020

 

 

 

Mr. Saunders began writing speculative fiction in the 1970s

and published his first novel, “Imaro,” in 1981.

 

Photograph via Taaq Kirksey

 

A Black Literary Trailblazer’s Solitary Death: Charles Saunders, 73

His speculative fiction was built on Black heroes and African themes.

He died alone and unrecognized, but friends are trying to make amends.

NYT

Published Jan. 21, 2021

Updated Jan. 22, 2021, 10:05 a.m. ET

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/21/
books/charles-saunders-dead.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

foundational figure

in a literary genre known

as sword and soul.

 

(...)

Mr. Saunders reimagined

the white worlds

of Tarzan and Conan

with Black heroes

and African mythologies in books

that spoke especially to Black fans

eager for more fictional champions

with whom they could identify.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/21/
books/charles-saunders-dead.html

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/21/
books/charles-saunders-dead.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diana Athill    UK    1917-2019

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/
diana-athill 

 

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/dec/13/
diana-athill-memoirs-interview-tim-adams

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anya Christine Krugovoy    USA    1968-2018

 

poet who,

after receiving a diagnosis

of advanced breast cancer in 2004,

wrote lyrical verse that gave readers

an exquisite, intimate

and sometimes angry account

of her illness

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/10/
obituaries/anya-krugovoy-silver-poetic-voice-on-mortality-dies-at-49.html

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/10/
obituaries/anya-krugovoy-silver-poetic-voice-on-mortality-
dies-at-49.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donald Andrew Hall Jr.    USA    1928-2018

 

poet laureate of the United States

whose writing explored everything

from nature to mortality

to the toss of a baseball

https://www.npr.org/2018/06/24/
623033688/donald-hall-former-poet-laureate-dies-at-89

 

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/06/24/
623033688/donald-hall-former-poet-laureate-dies-at-89

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thomas Bernard Patrick Murphy    Ireland    1935-2018

 

influential Irish playwright

known for dark tales

told with a rustic musicality

 

(...)

 

Mr. Murphy

wrote dozens of plays

across a half-century.

 

Garry Hynes, artistic director

of Druid Theater Company,

which has produced

many of those plays,

said he ranks with Brian Friel

as one of Ireland’s

greatest contemporary playwrights,

though he was not

as well known internationally,

partly because he ventured

into more difficult emotional

terrain.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/16/
obituaries/tom-murphy-acclaimed-irish-playwright-is-dead-at-83.html

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/16/
obituaries/tom-murphy-acclaimed-irish-playwright-
is-dead-at-83.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tom Wolfe    USA    1931-2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/topic/person/tom-wolfe

https://www.theguardian.com/books/tomwolfe

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/06/
books/review/tom-wolfe-cartoons.html

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/15/
style/tom-wolfe-style.html

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/may/15/
tom-wolfe-journalist-and-author-dies-aged-87

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/gallery/2018/may/15/
tom-wolfe-a-life-in-pictures

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/05/15/
611309448/tom-wolfe-
writing-nonfiction-became-a-great-game-and-a-great-experiment

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/05/15/
471414238/tom-wolfe-best-selling-author-and-genre-breaking-journalist-
dies-at-87

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/15/
books/tom-wolfe-appraisal.html

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/15/
obituaries/tom-wolfe-pyrotechnic-nonfiction-writer-and-novelist-dies-at-88.html

 

 

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/31/
books/tom-wolfes-kingdom-of-speech-takes-aim-at-darwin-and-chomsky.html

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/mar/14/
100-best-nonfiction-no-7-right-stuff-tom-wolfe

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/theguardian/2014/may/02/
tom-wolfe-electric-kool-aid-acid-test

 

 

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/books/98/12/06/
specials/wolfe-bonfire.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ursula K. Le Guin    USA    1929-2018

 

 (born Ursula Kroeber)

 

immensely popular author

who brought literary depth

and a tough-minded

feminist sensibility

to science fiction and fantasy

with books like

“The Left Hand of Darkness”

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/23/
obituaries/ursula-k-le-guin-acclaimed-for-her-fantasy-fiction-is-dead-at-88.html

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/23/
obituaries/ursula-k-le-guin-acclaimed-for-her-fantasy-fiction-
is-dead-at-88.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Julius Bernard Lester    USA    1939-2018

 

captivating and often polarizing

American writer whose odyssey

through a labyrinth

of religious and ethnic identities

caused him to be labeled

a militant black separatist

and a race traitor,

as well as an anti-Semite and,

after his conversion to Judaism,

a vociferous Zionist

 

(...)

 

A prolific author,

Mr. Lester had more

than four dozen books

for adults and children

to his credit.

 

He was also variously

a literary and cultural critic,

folklorist, photographer,

civil rights worker

and professional musician.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/19/
obituaries/julius-lester-chronicler-of-black-america-is-dead-at-79.html

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/19/
obituaries/julius-lester-chronicler-of-black-america-
is-dead-at-79.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

James Patrick Donleavy Jr.    USA    1926-2017

 

expatriate American author

whose 1955 novel

“The Ginger Man”

shook up the literary world

with its combination

of sexual frankness

and outrageous humor

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/13/
books/jp-donleavy-acclaimed-author-of-the-ginger-man-dies-at-91.html

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/14/
books/a-toast-for-j-p-donleavy.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/13/
books/jp-donleavy-acclaimed-author-of-the-ginger-man-dies-at-91.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donald Sutherland Bain    USA    1935-2017

 

pseudonymous author

of the “Murder, She Wrote” novels,

Margaret Truman’s

“Capital Crimes” mysteries

and “Coffee, Tea or Me?,”

the supposed memoir

of two saucy airline stewardesses

 

(...)

 

Although he had aspired

to a conspicuous role

as a broadcasting

personality or a musician,

Mr. Bain relished

writing incognito.

 

Over five decades

as a ghostwriter

he published novels,

biographies, westerns

and historical romances,

mostly under fictitious names

or credited to more

marketable bylines;

vanity memoirs attributed

to corporate executives;

and even long articles

disguised as excerpts

from nonexistent books.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/26/
obituaries/donald-bain-dead-widely-read-author-but-not-by-that-name.html

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/26/
obituaries/donald-bain-dead-
widely-read-author-but-not-by-that-name.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Ashbery    USA    1927-2017

 

poet whose teasing,

delicate, soulful lines

made him one

of the most influential figures

of late-20th and early-21st-century

American literature

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/03/
arts/john-ashbery-dead-prize-winning-poet.html

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/05/
opinion/john-ashbery-poet.html

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/03/
arts/john-ashbery-dead-prize-winning-poet.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brian Wilson Aldiss    UK    1925-2017

 

former bookseller

whose horrific childhood

and wartime exploits in Burma

kindled a fecund imagination

that animated scores of novels,

anthologies, memoirs

and short stories,

like the one that inspired

the Steven Spielberg

science fiction film “A.I.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/24/
books/brian-aldiss-author-of-science-fiction-and-much-more-dies-at-92.html

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/24/
books/brian-aldiss-author-of-science-fiction-and-much-more-
dies-at-92.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Henley Heathcote Williams    USA    1941-2017

 

poet, playwright, actor,

lyricist, painter,

sculptor, magician

and relentless scourge

of the British establishment

for half a century

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/05/
books/heathcote-williams-radical-british-poet-
who-helped-form-anarchist-nation-dies-at-75.html

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/05/
books/heathcote-williams-radical-british-poet-
who-helped-form-anarchist-nation-
dies-at-75.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edith Marion Marcombe    USA    1916-2017

 

an American poet whose work

was profoundly influenced

by the half-century

she spent in Japan

 

(...)

 

The author of nearly

two dozen volumes of poetry,

Ms. Shiffert was published

in The New Yorker and

— at midcentury,

when newspapers routinely

printed poems —

in The New York Times

and elsewhere.

 

She was also known

as a writer on,

and translator of,

Japanese poetry.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/11/
arts/edith-shiffert-a-poet-inspired-by-nature-and-her-life-in-japan-dies-at-101.html

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/11/
arts/edith-shiffert-a-poet-inspired-by-nature-and-her-life-in-japan-
dies-at-101.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

William Melvin Kelley Jr.    USA    1937-2017

 

William Melvin Kelley

(...)

brought a fresh,

experimental voice

to black fiction

in novels and stories

that used recurring characters

to explore race relations

and racial identity

in the United States

 

(...)

 

Mr. Kelley

blended fantasy and fact

to construct

an alternative world

whose sweep and complexity

drew comparisons

to James Joyce

and William Faulkner.

 

Minor characters

in one story or novel

might appear later

as larger figures,

their stories elaborated

in greater detail

— and, in his later fiction,

in language that recalled

the linguistic experimentation

of Joyce’s “Finnegans Wake.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/08/
books/william-melvin-kelley-who-explored-race-in-experimental-novels-is-dead-at-79.html

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/08/
books/william-melvin-kelley-who-explored-race-in-experimental-novels-
is-dead-at-79.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bette Howland / Bette Lee Sotonoff    USA    1937-2017

 

Bette Howland

(...)

wrote three well-regarded books

in the 1970s and early ’80s,

then faded from the literary scene

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/17/
obituaries/bette-howland-author-and-protege-of-bellows-dies-at-80.html

 

 

 

Howland’s career was short,

spectacular, perplexing.

 

She was a 37-year-old

single mother of two

when she published

her first book,

“W-3,” in 1974,

a memoir of a suicide attempt

and time spent

in a psychiatric hospital.

 

In the span of a decade,

she wrote two celebrated

books of short fiction

and was awarded

a MacArthur “genius” grant,

which was followed

by prolonged silence.

 

She never published

a book again.

 

Long before her death in 2017,

she’d slipped into obscurity.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/06/
books/review-w-3-memoir-bette-howland.html

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/06/
books/review-w-3-memoir-bette-howland.html

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/17/
obituaries/bette-howland-author-and-protege-of-bellows-
dies-at-80.html

 

https://www.nytimes.com/1974/09/02/
archives/as-told-to-the-coughing-machine-books-of-the-times-
epiphany-for.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Buchi" Emecheta    Nigeria, UK    1944-2017

 

Novelist who overcame

barriers to education

and whose writings epitomised

female independence

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/feb/03/
buchi-emecheta-obituary

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2023/sep/04/
in-the-ditch-by-buchi-emecheta-review-
a-documentary-novel-from-the-1970s

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/oct/31/
second-class-citizen-by-buchi-emecheta-review-fresh-and-timeless

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/feb/03/
buchi-emecheta-obituary

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/jan/26/
buchi-emecheta-pioneering-nigerian-novelist-dies-aged-72

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

William Trevor    Ireland    1926-2016

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/
william-trevor

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/may/19/
last-stories-william-trevor-review-julian-barnes

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/14/
books/review/last-stories-william-trevor.html

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/nov/21/
william-trevor-obituary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joyce Carol Thomas    USA    1938-2016

 

poet, playwright

and award-winning

children’s writer

whose work portrayed

the complexities

of African-American rural life,

a subject simplified

in young-adult fiction

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/23/
books/joyce-carol-thomas-who-wrote-of-african-american-life-dies-at-78.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/23/
books/joyce-carol-thomas-who-wrote-of-african-american-life-dies-at-78.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Geoffrey William Hill    UK    1932-2016

 

poet regularly hailed

as the greatest

in the English language

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/jul/01/
geoffrey-hill-one-of-the-greatest-english-poets-dies-aged-84

 

 

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/geoffrey-hill

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/02/
books/geoffrey-hill-dense-and-allusive-british-poet-is-dead-at-84.html

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/jul/01/
geoffrey-hill-obituary

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/jul/01/
geoffrey-hill-one-of-the-greatest-english-poets-dies-aged-84

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jenny Diski / Jennifer Jane Simmonds    UK    1947-2016

 

British writer who channeled

the turmoil of her early years,

which included suicide attempts

and confinement

in mental hospitals,

into a stream of richly observed

and mordant novels,

memoirs and essays

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/29/books/jenny-diskiauthor-who-wrote-ofmadness-and-isolation-dies-at-68.html

 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/
jenny-diski

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/29/
books/jenny-diskiauthor-who-wrote-ofmadness-and-isolation-dies-at-68.html

 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/apr/28/
jenny-diski-obituary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Erwin Nathanson    USA    1928-2016

 

E. M. Nathanson ('s)

best-selling 1965 novel

“The Dirty Dozen”

became the basis of one

of the most enduring,

if preposterous,

World War II movies to come

out of Hollywood

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/08/arts/em-nathanson-88-author-of-the-dirty-dozen.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/08/
arts/em-nathanson-88-author-of-the-dirty-dozen.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

James Thomas Harrison    USA    1937-2016

 

Jim Harrison ('s) lust for life

— and sometimes just plain lust —

roared into print in a vast,

celebrated body of fiction,

poetry and essays

that with ardent abandon

explored the natural world,

the life of the mind

and the pleasures of the flesh

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/28/
arts/jim-harrison-free-spirited-writer-dies-at-78.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/29/
books/an-appraisal-taking-big-bites-of-jim-harrisons-voracious-life.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/28/
arts/jim-harrison-free-spirited-writer-dies-at-78.html

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/03/27/
469817873/legends-of-the-fall-author-who-found-freedom-outdoors-dies-at-78

 

 

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/01/
books/review/the-big-seven-by-jim-harrison.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anita Brookner    UK    1928-2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donald Patrick Conroy    USA    1945-2016

 

Pat Conroy ('s)

tortured family life

and the scenic marshlands

of coastal South Carolina

served as unending sources

of inspiration for his fiction,

notably the novels

“The Great Santini,”

“The Lords of Discipline”

and “The Prince of Tides”

 

(...)

 

Mr. Conroy

had a brutal childhood.

 

He was dominated

by his sadistic father,

Donald,

a Marine Corps fighter pilot

who beat his wife,

drilled his seven children

military-style to instill discipline

and mercilessly abused his sons,

first and foremost Pat, his eldest.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/05/
books/pat-conroy-who-wove-his-family-strife-into-novels-of-carolina-dies-at-70.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.npr.org/2016/03/05/
469299811/author-pat-conroy-dies-at-70

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/05/
books/pat-conroy-who-wove-his-family-strife-into-novels-of-carolina-dies-at-70.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Margaret Forster    UK    1938-2016

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/10/
books/margaret-forster-author-of-georgy-girl-and-more-dies-at-77.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warren Burton Murphy    USA    1933-2015

 

“Everyone knew

why Remo Williams

was going to die,”

was how Warren Murphy

and Dick Sapir

began

“Created the Destroyer,”

their first gritty thriller,

in 1963.

 

For eight more years,

though,

both the character

Remo Williams,

a brash former

Newark police officer,

and Mr. Murphy’s

literary career hovered

between life and death.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/18/
books/warren-murphy-writer-and-creator-of-remo-williams-dies-at-82.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/18/
books/warren-murphy-writer-and-creator-of-remo-williams-dies-at-82.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gabrielle Diane Bridget Baker    USA    1939-2015

 

feminist novelist,

memoirist and screenwriter

who considered

conventional marriage lopsided

but identified with

the pioneering Donner Party wife

who perished protecting

her husband

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/10/
books/gabrielle-burton-feminist-novelist-and-screenwriter-dies-at-76.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/10/
books/gabrielle-burton-feminist-novelist-and-screenwriter-dies-at-76.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rhoda Carol Sniderman    USA    1936-2015

 

Rhoda Lerman ('s)

critically praised novels

melded history

with contemporaneity, mythology

with social criticism, feminism

with a Jewish sensibility

and snark with seriousness

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/06/
arts/rhoda-lerman-writer-who-defied-labels-dies-at-79.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/06/
arts/rhoda-lerman-writer-who-defied-labels-dies-at-79.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oliver Sacks    UK    1933-2015

 

 

 

 

Oliver Sacks at home, March 2015.

 

Photograph: Bill Hayes

 

Oliver Sacks’s Final, Posthumous Work

April 30, 2019

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/30/
books/review/everything-in-its-place-oliver-sacks.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/
oliver-sacks

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
Oliver_Sacks

 

 

https://www.npr.org/2015/08/30/
436107500/a-view-on-oliver-sacks-from-a-longtime-friend-and-colleague

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/08/30/
436016985/oliver-sacks-was-a-boundless-explorer-of-the-human-brain

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/30/
books/review/everything-in-its-place-oliver-sacks.html

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/08/31/
436289763/oliver-sacks-a-neurologist-at-the-intersection-of-fact-and-fable

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/aug/30/
oliver-sacks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cynthia Lee    USA    1928-2015

 

Cynthia Macdonald ('s)

idiosyncratic blend

of humor and the grotesque

made her a distinctive voice

on the American poetry scene

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/25/
books/cynthia-macdonald-poet-known-for-humor-and-ability-to-shock-dies-at-87.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/25/
books/cynthia-macdonald-poet-known-for-humor-and-ability-to-shock-dies-at-87.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Gordon Nobbs    UK    1935-2015

 

British novelist

and comedy writer best known

for “The Fall and Rise

of Reginald Perrin,”

the dark BBC sitcom

of the 1970s

that won an ardent following

on both sides of the Atlantic

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/11/
arts/television/david-nobbs-novelist-and-creator-of-reginald-perrin-dies-at-80.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/11/
arts/television/david-nobbs-novelist-and-creator-of-reginald-perrin-dies-at-80.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edgar Lawrence Doctorow    USA    1931-2015

 

 

 


E. L. Doctorow Dies at 84

Video        The New York Times        22 July 2015

 

The acclaimed American novelist and playwright E. L. Doctorow

gives some writing tips.

 

He died Tuesday in Manhattan

at the age of 84 due to complications from lung cancer.

 

Produced by: Emily B. Hager

Read the story here: http://nyti.ms/1JyzwsW

Watch more videos at: http://nytimes.com/video

 

YouTube > The New York Times

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5quWu_MLHwA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

leading figure

in contemporary American letters

whose popular, critically admired

and award-winning novels

— including “Ragtime,” “Billy Bathgate”

and “The March” —

situated fictional characters

in recognizable historical contexts,

among identifiable historical figures

and often within unconventional

narrative forms

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/22/
books/el-doctorow-author-of-historical-fiction-dies-at-84.html

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/topic/person/e-l-doctorow

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/22/
books/el-doctorow-author-of-historical-fiction-dies-at-84.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

James Vincent Tate    USA    1943-2015

 

poet whose offhand style,

ingenious wordplay

and wild flights of surrealism

won him a devoted following,

a Pulitzer Prize

and a National Book Award

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/11/
books/james-tate-prolific-pulitzer-winning-poet-dies-at-71.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/11/
books/james-tate-prolific-pulitzer-winning-poet-dies-at-71.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

James Arnold Horowitz / James Salter    USA    1925-2015

 

James Salter ('s)

intimately detailed novels

and short stories

kept a small but devoted audience

in his thrall

for more than half a century

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/20/
books/james-salter-a-writers-writer-short-on-sales-but-long-on-acclaim-dies-at-90.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/20/
books/james-salter-a-writers-writer-short-on-sales-
but-long-on-acclaim-dies-at-90.html

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/may/11/
james-salter-forgotten-hero-literature-interview 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Alfred Williams    USA    1925-2015

 

writer whose exploration

of black identity,

notably in the 1967 novel

“The Man Who Cried I Am,”

established him

as one of the bright lights

in what he liked to call

“the second Harlem Renaissance,”

and who caused a furor

with an unflattering biography

of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/07/
arts/john-a-williams-an-underrated-novelist-who-wrote-about-black-identity-dies-at-89.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/07/
arts/john-a-williams-an-underrated-novelist-
who-wrote-about-black-identity-dies-at-89.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Theodore William Weesner    USA    1935-2015

 

novelist who mined

his wayward youth

for the stuff

of his celebrated first novel,

“The Car Thief,”

and whose half-dozen

other books earned plaudits

for their patient,

realistic narratives

and humanely considered

characters

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/01/
books/theodore-weesner-author-of-the-car-thief-dies-at-79.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/01/
books/theodore-weesner-author-of-the-car-thief-dies-at-79.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

James Salter    USA    1925-2015

 

 (born James Horowitz)

 

James Salter ('s)

intimately detailed

novels and short stories

kept a small

but devoted audience in his thrall

for more than half a century

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/20/
books/james-salter-a-writers-writer-short-on-sales-but-long-on-acclaim-dies-at-90.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/20/
books/james-salter-a-writers-writer-short-on-sales-but-long-on-acclaim-
dies-at-90.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ruth Barbara Rendell    UK    1930-2015

 

prolific and hugely popular writer

of intricately plotted mystery novels

that combined psychological insight,

social conscience and,

not infrequently,

teeth-chattering terror

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/03/books/ruth-rendell-novelist-who-thrilled-and-educated-dies-at-85.html

 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/ruth-rendell

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/may/02/
ruth-rendell-obituary-crime-writer

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/03/
books/ruth-rendell-novelist-who-thrilled-and-educated-dies-at-85.html

 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/may/02/
no-one-can-equal-ruth-rendells-range-or-accomplishment-crime-writer

 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/may/02/
ruth-rendell-writer-dies-aged-85

 

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2015/05/02/
403776298/novelist-ruth-rendell-author-of-wexford-books-dies-at-85

 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/may/02/
ruth-rendell-in-quotes

 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/may/02/
ruth-rendell-five-key-works

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2008/sep/13/
arthurconandoyle.crime

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ivan Doig    USA    1939-2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Terry Pratchett    UK    1948-2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Philip Levine    USA    1928-2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Stone    USA    1937-2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

André Brink    SA    1935-2015

 

towering South African

literary presence for decades

whose work

in English and Afrikaans

fell afoul

of apartheid-era censors

 

(...)

 

Mr. Brink’s work

was often cited alongside

that of Nadine Gordimer

and J. M. Coetzee

as an exemplar

of South Africa’s

ability to transform

the experience

of harsh racial politics

into literature

with a global reach.

 

(...)

 

The language of many

of his early works

was Afrikaans,

the mother-tongue

of the Afrikaner minority

whose leaders

came to power in 1948

and set the country

on the path to policies

of social engineering

and racial division

that ended formally

with the first free election

in 1994,

which brought Nelson Mandela

to power.

 

Mr. Brink belonged to a group

of Afrikaans writers known

as Die Sestigers,

meaning roughly the generation

of the 1960s.

 

According to Hermann Giliomee,

a prominent historian, the group

“embraced secularization, modernity,

racial tolerance and sexual freedom,

and used modern literary techniques

and subject matter to explore

these themes.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/08/
books/andre-brink-south-african-literary-figure-who-ran-afoul-of-censors-dies-at-79.html
 

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/08/
books/andre-brink-south-african-literary-figure-who-ran-afoul-of-censors-
dies-at-79.html
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colleen Margaretta McCullough    Australia    1937-2015

 

former neurophysiological

researcher at Yale who,

deciding to write novels

in her spare time, produced

“The Thorn Birds,”

a multigenerational

Australian romance that became

an international best seller

and inspired a hugely popular

television mini-series

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/30/books/colleen-mccullough-author-of-the-thorn-birds-dies-at-77.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/30/
books/colleen-mccullough-author-of-the-thorn-birds-dies-at-77.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rodney Marvin McKuen    USA    1933-2015

 

ubiquitous poet,

lyricist and songwriter

whose work met

with immense

commercial success

if little critical esteem

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/30/arts/rod-mckuen-prolific-poet-and-lyricist-dies-at-81.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/30/
arts/rod-mckuen-prolific-poet-and-lyricist-dies-at-81.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stanley Miller Williams    USA    1930-2014

 

poet who championed

the power of everyday language

and who delivered

a poem at the Capitol

for President Bill Clinton’s

second inauguration

https://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/03/
arts/miller-williams-laconic-arkansas-poet-dies-at-84.html

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/03/
arts/miller-williams-laconic-arkansas-poet-dies-at-84.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zilpha Keatley    USA    1927-2014

 

Zilpha Keatley Snyder (...)

mined memories of little demons

at the foot of her childhood bed

to spin tales of wonder,

mystery and suspense

that beguiled two generations

of children and young adults

in nearly 50 books

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/14/books/zilpha-keatley-snyder-author-of-eerie-childrens-tales-dies-at-87.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/14/books/
zilpha-keatley-snyder-author-of-eerie-childrens-tales-dies-at-87.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charles Clyde Bowden    USA    1945-2014

 

 

 

 

 Charles Bowden in 2013.

 

Photograph: Molly Molloy

 

Charles Bowden, Author With Unblinking Eye on Southwest, Dies at 69

NYT

SEPT. 3, 2014

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/04/books/charles-bowden-lyrical-writer-dies-at-69.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

author and journalist

acclaimed for his vivid, unsparing

and often lyrical portrayals

of life in the Southwest,

particularly the brutality on the border

between the United States and Mexico

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/04/books/charles-bowden-lyrical-writer-dies-at-69.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/04/
books/charles-bowden-lyrical-writer-dies-at-69.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dorothy Salisbury Davis    USA    1916-2014

 

award-winning mystery author

whose fascination

with motivation, morality

and manners

— more than violence —

powered the intricate plots

of the suspense novels

she wrote over a half-century

https://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/08/
arts/dorothy-salisbury-davis-suspense-novelist-dies-at-98.html 

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/08/
arts/dorothy-salisbury-davis-suspense-novelist-dies-at-98.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thomas Louis Berger    USA    1924-2014

 

reclusive and bitingly

satirical novelist

who explored the myths

of the American West

in “Little Big Man”

and the mores of 20th-century

middle-class society

in a shelf

of other well-received books

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/22/books/thomas-berger-little-big-man-author-is-dead-at-89.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/22/
books/thomas-berger-little-big-man-author-is-dead-at-89.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nadine Gordimer    SA    1923-2014

 

South African writer

whose literary ambitions

led her into the heart of apartheid

to create a body of fiction

that brought her a Nobel Prize

in 1991

 

(...)

 

Ms. Gordimer did not originally

choose apartheid as her subject

as a young writer, she said,

but she found it

impossible to dig deeply

into South African life

without striking repression.

 

And once

the Afrikaner nationalists

came to power in 1948,

the scaffolds

of the apartheid system

began to rise around her

and could not be ignored.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/15/books/nadine-gordimer-novelist-and-apartheid-foe-dies-at-90.html

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/
nadinegordimer 

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/15/books/
nadine-gordimer-novelist-and-apartheid-foe-dies-at-90.html

 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/jul/14/
nadine-gordimer-dies-90-johannesburg-nobel-prize

 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/jul/14/nadine-gordimer

 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/jul/14/nadine-gordimer-a-life-in-quotes

 

http://www.theguardian.com/culture/gallery/2014/jul/14/nadine-gordimer-a-life-in-pictures

 

http://www.nytimes.com/books/98/02/01/home/gordimer-july.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/books/98/02/01/home/gordimer-sport.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/1966/09/11/books/gordimer-bourg.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dermot Healy    Ireland    1947-2014

 

The Irish writer Dermot Healy

(...)

was once described

by Seamus Heaney

as "the heir

to Patrick Kavanagh".

 

If Healy's poetry was steeped

in the same rural tradition

as Kavanagh's,

his novels evoked

a more fractured interior world,

with characters who often seemed

haunted or on the verge

of psychological disintegration.

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/jun/30/dermot-healy

 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/dermot-healy

 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/jun/30/
dermot-healy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maya Angelou    USA    1928-2014

 

 (born Marguerite Johnson)

 

(her) landmark book of 1969,

“I Know Why

the Caged Bird Sings”

— which describes in lyrical,

unsparing prose her childhood

in the Jim Crow South —

was among the first autobiographies

by a 20th-century black woman

to reach a wide general readership

https://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/29/
arts/maya-angelou-lyrical-witness-of-the-jim-crow-south-dies-at-86.html
 

 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/mayaangelou

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/29/arts/
in-a-commanding-literary-voice-singing-out-to-the-world.html

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/29/
arts/maya-angelou-lyrical-witness-of-the-jim-crow-south-dies-at-86.html

 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/may/28/maya-angelou

 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/may/28/maya-angelou-poet-author-dies-86

 

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/05/28/
looking-back-at-maya-angelous-life-and-work-in-the-times-and-on-twitter/

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/mar/30/
maya-angelou-terrible-wonderful-mother 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2009/nov/14/maya-angelou-interview

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Susan Lillian Townsend    UK    1946-2014

 

Sue Townsend

(...)

was one of Britain’s

most celebrated comic writers:

novelist, playwright

and journalist.

 

She was best known

for the fictional diaries

of Adrian Mole,

a character who,

unlike Peter Pan,

is allowed to grow up,

evolving from

the penis-measuring

adolescent who confides

“I was racked with sexuality

but it wore off

when I helped my father

put manure on our rose bed”

in The Secret Diary

of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾

(1982)

to the middle-aged and,

Townsend liked to insist,

more evolved

and better-dressed bloke

who survives prostate cancer

in Adrian Mole:

The Prostrate Years

(2009).

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/apr/11/sue-townsend-1946-2014

 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/sue-townsend

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/apr/11/sue-townsend-1946-2014

 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/apr/13/in-praise-of-sue-townsend

 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/apr/13/sue-townsend-janet-fillingham-agent-appreciation

 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/apr/13/adrian-mole-sue-townsend-welfare

 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/apr/11/sue-townsend-lone-voice-humanist-genius

 

http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2014/apr/11/sue-townsend-plays-adrian-mole-theatre

 

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/apr/11/
5-political-lessons-learned-from-sue-townsends-adrian-mole-books

 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/apr/11/sue-townsend-1946-2014

 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/apr/11/sue-townsend-dies-aged-68-adrian-mole

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/audio/2011/jan/10/sue-townsend-adrian-mole-book-club

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mavis Gallant    Canada    1922-2014

 

 (born Mavis de Trafford Young)

 

acclaimed short-story writer

who was abandoned as a child

and later left Canada for Europe,

where she made her name writing

about the dislocated

and the dispossessed

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/19/books/mavis-gallant-short-story-writer-dies-at-91.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/19/
books/mavis-gallant-short-story-writer-dies-at-91.html

 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/feb/20/
my-hero-ondaatje-lahiri-mavis-gallant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leslie Earl Lee    USA    1930-2014

 

playwright

whose award-winning work,

much of it with

the Negro Ensemble Company,

focused on stretching the boundaries

of the African-American experience

as it was portrayed on the stage

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/23/theater/leslie-lee-playwright-of-black-life-dies-at-83.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/23/
theater/leslie-lee-playwright-of-black-life-dies-at-83.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth Jane Howard    UK    1923-2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Iain Banks    UK    1954-2013

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/iainbanks

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/audio/2013/dec/31/
iain-banks-digested-discussion-podcast

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/dec/16/
iain-banks-obituary-michelle-hodgson

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/apr/24/
iain-banks-new-message-fans-terminal-cancer

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/apr/05/
iain-banks-cultural-boycott-israel

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/apr/03/
iain-banks-my-fife-friend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elmore John Leonard    USA    1925-2013

 

Crime writer known

for Get Shorty,

Out of Sight and Hombre

whose work served

as a barometer

of modern America

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/aug/20/elmore-leonard

 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/elmoreleonard

 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/aug/20/
elmore-leonard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Louis Decimus Rubin Jr.    USA    1923-2013

 

Louis D. Rubin Jr. ('s)

wide-ranging career

as a man of letters

— he was a teacher,

novelist, essayist,

editor and publisher,

among other things —

was devoted

to the practice and promotion

of American Southern writing

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/22/arts/louis-d-rubin-jr-founder-of-algonquin-books-dies-at-89.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/22/
arts/louis-d-rubin-jr-founder-of-algonquin-books-dies-at-89.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charlotte Gertrude Shapiro    USA    1915-2013

 

distinguished author

and editor of children’s books

whose work

— both her own titles

and those of the writers

in her stable —

offered even

the youngest readers

a forthright view

of emotionally fraught subjects

like anger, envy and death.

 

(...)

 

Ms. Zolotow’s

own picture books

— she wrote more than 70 —

were cleareyed explorations

of the interior landscape

of childhood

by one who had obviously

not forgotten what it felt like

to dwell there.

 

Delicately,

with surgical precision,

they plumbed

children’s interior lives,

often ranging over loneliness,

loss, longing

and other painful topics

that earlier generations

of children’s books

had either sugarcoated

or ignored outright.

 

Her work

was graced by art from

some of the 20th century’s

finest illustrators:

Garth Williams, Hilary Knight,

Marc Simont, Uri Shulevitz,

James Stevenson

and Tana Hoban.

 

Ms. Zolotow’s

first picture book,

“The Park Book,”

published in 1944,

had illustrations

by H. A. Rey,

the artist behind

the “Curious George”

books.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/20/
books/charlotte-zolotow-whose-books-tackled-childrens-real-life-issues-dies-at-98.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/20/books/
charlotte-zolotow-whose-books-tackled-childrens-real-life-issues-dies-at-98.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barbara Lynne Tidswell    USA    1947-2013

 

Barbara Park ('s)

children’s books

starring Junie B. Jones,

a 6-year-old dispenser

of abundant opinions,

Runyonesque wisecracks

and dubious syntax, have sold

tens of millions of copies

and delighted all but

the most grammatically

puritanical parents

and teachers

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/19/arts/barbara-park-author-of-junie-b-jones-series-dies-at-66.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/19/
arts/barbara-park-author-of-junie-b-jones-series-dies-at-66.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doris Lessing    UK    1919-2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

William Neal Harrison    USA    1933-2013

 

William Harrison

(...)

adapted his fiction into the films

“Rollerball”

in 1975

and “Mountains of the Moon”

in 1990

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/30/arts/william-harrison-79-novelist-and-rollerball-writer-dies.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/30/
arts/william-harrison-79-novelist-and-rollerball-writer-dies.html 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oscar Jerome Hijuelos    USA    1951-2013

 

Cuban-American novelist

who wrote about the lives

of immigrants adapting

to a new culture and became

the first Latino to win

the Pulitzer Prize for fiction

for his 1989 book,

“The Mambo Kings

Play Songs of Love”

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/14/
books/oscar-hijuelos-cuban-american-writer-who-won-pulitzer-dies-at-62.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/14/
books/oscar-hijuelos-cuban-american-writer-who-won-pulitzer-dies-at-62.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

James Andrew Emanuel    USA    1921-2013

 

poet, educator and critic

who published more than

a dozen volumes of his poetry,

much of it after his frustration

with racism in the United States

helped motivate him to move

to France

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/12/books/james-a-emanuel-poet-who-wrote-of-racism-dies-at-92.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/12/
books/james-a-emanuel-poet-who-wrote-of-racism-dies-at-92.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thomas Leo Clancy Jr.    USA    1947-2013

 

Tom Clancy ('s)

complex, adrenaline-fueled

military novels spawned

a new genre of thrillers

and made him

one of the world’s best-known

and best-selling authors

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/03/
books/tom-clancy-best-selling-novelist-of-military-thrillers-dies-at-66.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/03/
books/tom-clancy-best-selling-novelist-of-military-thrillers-dies-at-66.html

 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/oct/03/
tom-clancy-top-five-novels

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carolyn Cassady    USA    1923-2013

 

 (born Robinson)

 

writer who entered

the American consciousness in 1957

as a character in Jack Kerouac’s

novel “On the Road,”

and decades later chronicled her life

as a member of the Beat Generation

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/24/books/carolyn-cassady-beat-generation-writer-dies-at-90.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/24/
books/carolyn-cassady-beat-generation-writer-dies-at-90.html

 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/sep/23/
carolyn-cassady

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marc Simont    USA    1915-2013

 

acclaimed illustrator whose work,

embodying both airy lightness

and crackling energy,

graced some of the foremost titles

in children’s literature

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/17/books/marc-simont-classic-childrens-book-illustrator-dies-at-97.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/17/
books/marc-simont-classic-childrens-book-illustrator-dies-at-97.html 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richard Burton Matheson    USA    1926-2013

 

Richard Matheson's

novels, short stories,

screenplays and teleplays

drew the blueprints

for dozens of science fiction

and horror movies

and television shows

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/26/
books/richard-matheson-writer-of-haunted-science-fiction-and-horror-dies-at-87.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/26/
books/richard-matheson-writer-of-haunted-science-fiction-and-horror-dies-at-87.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Holbrook Vance    USA    1916-2013

 

in dozens of fantastical novels

(he) created alternative worlds,

past and present,

imagining their alien societies

in evocative detail

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/03/books/jack-vance-writer-of-the-fantastical-dies-at-96.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/03/
books/jack-vance-writer-of-the-fantastical-dies-at-96.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/19/
magazine/19Vance-t.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

William Edward Demby Jr.    USA    1922-2013

 

(his) novels,

written while he was

an expatriate in Italy,

challenged literary conventions

and expectations

of what a black writer

should write about

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/01/arts/william-demby-novelist-and-reporter-dies-at-90.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/01/
arts/william-demby-novelist-and-reporter-dies-at-90.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Morris Renek    USA    1925-2013

 

critically admired

New York novelist

who wrote comic tales

about historical criminals

and modern urban life

but never achieved

the commercial success

many thought he deserved

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/27/books/morris-renek-novelist-of-hard-boiled-stories-dies-at-88.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/27/
books/morris-renek-novelist-of-hard-boiled-stories-dies-at-88.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bernard Waber    USA    1921-2013

 

a children’s-book

author and illustrator

whose most famous creation

was a rope-skipping, ice-skating

Manhattanite named Lyle

who happened

to be a crocodile

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/22/books/bernard-waber-childrens-author-is-dead-at-91.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/22/
books/bernard-waber-childrens-author-is-dead-at-91.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

E. L. Konigsburg / Elaine Lobl    USA    1930-2013

 

children’s

author and illustrator

who twice received the nation’s

highest award

in children’s literature

— she won it in 1968

for her second book,

edging out the runner-up,

which was her own first book —

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/23/books/e-l-konigsburg-author-is-dead-at-83.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/23/
books/e-l-konigsburg-author-is-dead-at-83.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Albert Chinualumogu Achebe    Nigeria    1930-2013

 

Nigerian author

and towering man of letters

whose internationally

acclaimed fiction

helped to revive

African literature

and to rewrite

the story of a continent

that had long been told

by Western voices

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/23/world/africa/chinua-achebe-nigerian-writer-dies-at-82.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/23/
world/africa/chinua-achebe-nigerian-writer-dies-at-82.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/23/
books/chinua-achebe-examined-colonialism-and-masculinity.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ferrol Sams Jr.    USA    1922-2013

 

country doctor

who started writing fiction

in his late 50s

and went on to win critical praise

and a devoted readership

for his humorous and perceptive

novels and stories that drew

on his medical practice

and his rural Southern roots

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/02/books/ferrol-sams-doctor-turned-novelist-dies-at-90.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/02/
books/ferrol-sams-doctor-turned-novelist-dies-at-90.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corinne Muriel Litvin    USA    1933-2013

 

Obie Award-winning playwright

known for bringing wry humor

to often wrenching domestic stories

http://theater.nytimes.com/2013/01/25/
theater/corinne-jacker-obie-award-winning-playwright-is-dead-at-79.html

 

 

http://theater.nytimes.com/2013/01/25/
theater/corinne-jacker-obie-award-winning-playwright-is-dead-at-79.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richard Gustave Stern    USA    1928-2013

 

Richard G. Stern ('s) novels,

short stories and essays

were almost universally

admired in the literary world

but (his) name remained

stubbornly unrecognized

in the wider world of readers,

earning him

a reputation for being,

as one reviewer put it,

“the best American author

of whom you have never heard”

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/25/
books/richard-g-stern-a-writers-writer-is-dead-at-84.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/25/
books/richard-g-stern-a-writers-writer-is-dead-at-84.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Evan Shelby Connell    USA    1924-2013

 

versatile writer

praised for his spare portrayal

of the frost and repression

within a fictional upper-class

Midwestern family

as well as for his account

of the very real and bloody battle

that was Custer’s Last Stand

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/11/arts/evan-connell-88-novelist-in-multiple-genres.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/11/
arts/evan-connell-88-novelist-in-multiple-genres.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Solomon Yurick    USA    1925-2013

 

writer whose best-known work,

the 1965 novel “The Warriors,”

recast an ancient Greek battle

as a tale of warring

New York street gangs

and earned

a cult following in print,

on film and eventually

in a video game

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/10/arts/sol-yurick-novelist-dies-at-87.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/10/
arts/sol-yurick-novelist-dies-at-87.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harvey Irwin Shapiro    USA    1924-2013

 

admired American poet

who chose newspaper work

over the time-honored academic

vocation of his peers,

and who as an editor

at The New York Times

made an epochal assignment

— what became

the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s

“Letter From Birmingham Jail” —

that ultimately never appeared

in the newspaper

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/08/books/harvey-shapiro-poet-of-new-york-and-beyond-dies-at-88.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/08/
books/harvey-shapiro-poet-of-new-york-and-beyond-dies-at-88.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lawrence Leo King    USA    1929-2012

 

journalist, essayist and playwright

with a swaggering prose style

and a rollicking personal one,

(...)

left Texas as a young man

but never abandoned it in his work

— turning out profiles of politicians,

articles on the flawsand foibles

of American culture,

searching autobiographical essays

and, most famously,

the book for the Broadway musical

“The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/22/arts/larry-l-king-texan-author-and-playwright-dies-at-83.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/22/
arts/larry-l-king-texan-author-and-playwright-dies-at-83.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bryce Courtenay    SA, Australia    1933-2012

 

Australian

advertising executive

who started writing novels

after his 50th birthday

and became perhaps

the most popular writer

in his country

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/24/books/bryce-courtenay-australian-novelist-dies-at-79.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/24/
books/bryce-courtenay-australian-novelist-dies-at-79.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jack Herbert Gilbert    USA    1925-2012

 

poet

whose frank, forthright,

emotionally fraught works

observed the grand

universal realities

of love and death

from a perspective

off the literary grid

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/15/books/jack-gilbert-a-poet-off-the-literary-grid-dies-at-87.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/15/
books/jack-gilbert-a-poet-off-the-literary-grid-dies-at-87.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Josephine Chamberlain Ayres    USA    1921-2012

 

pen name : Ellen Douglas

 

Mississippi-born writer

whose novels explored

the uneasy, sometimes

surprisingly tender alliances

between black and white women

in the American South

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/12/arts/ellen-douglas-southern-novelist-dies-at-91.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/12/
arts/ellen-douglas-southern-novelist-dies-at-91.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Louis Aston Marantz Simpson    USA    1923-2012

 

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet

who told characteristically

American tales of common people

and often cast a skeptical eye

on the American dream

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/18/arts/louis-simpson-a-pulitzer-prize-winning-poet-dies-at-89.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/18/
arts/louis-simpson-a-pulitzer-prize-winning-poet-dies-at-89.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eugene Luther Gore Vidal Jr.    USA    1925-2012

 

elegant, acerbic

all-around man of letters

who presided

with a certain relish over

what he declared to be the end

of American civilization

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/01/books/gore-vidal-elegant-writer-dies-at-86.html

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/topic/person/gore-vidal

 

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/aug/05/
gore-vidal-appreciation-rachel-cooke

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/01/
books/gore-vidal-elegant-writer-dies-at-86.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Margaret Mahy    USA    1936-2012

 

 (known as May)

 

award-winning

children’s author

who tested the limits

of her readers’

whimsy and courage

with fantastical tales of witches,

hauntings, infinite fog,

and robbers

brought to account

by peppery grown-ups

wielding chocolate cake

and balloons

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/26/books/margaret-mahy-childrens-author-dies-at-76.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/26/books/
margaret-mahy-childrens-author-dies-at-76.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ray Bradbury    USA    1920-2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maurice Sendak    USA    1928-2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maurice Sendak (...) was both

one of the most individual

and one of the most successful

illustrators of the 20th century.

 

Since 1951 his 90-odd titles

have sold nearly 30m copies

in the US alone.

 

His renowned work

Where the Wild Things Are

(1963),

with worldwide sales

of more than 19m,

was a turning point

not only in his own career

but in the history

of children's books.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/may/08/maurice-sendak

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/topic/person/
maurice-sendak

https://www.theguardian.com/books/
maurice-sendak

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
Maurice_Sendak

 

 

https://www.npr.org/2024/02/06/
1227594283/maurice-sendak-new-book-ten-little-rabbits

 

http://www.nytimes.com/video/2012/12/28/magazine/100000001970456/
an-illustrated-talk-with-maurice-sendak.html

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/may/28/maurice-sendak-netia-jones-operas

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/may/13/maurice-sendak-appreciation-shirley-hughes

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/09/
books/maurice-sendak-childrens-author-dies-at-83.html

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/09/
books/understanding-children-yet-wanting-them-to-grow-up-a-bit.html

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/may/08/maurice-sendak-dark-visions-children

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/childrens-books-site/gallery/2012/may/08/maurice-sendak-gallery

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/may/08/maurice-sendak

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/may/08/maurice-sendak-wild-things-dies-83

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

William Francis Granger    USA    1941-2012

 

newspaperman turned novelist

whose fiction alternated between

international spy thrillers

and police procedurals

set on the gritty streets of Chicago

— and occasionally blended both —

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/06/books/bill-granger-novelist-and-reporter-dies-at-70.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/06/books/
bill-granger-novelist-and-reporter-dies-at-70.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Anthony Bowman    USA    1957-2012

 

novelist and cultural critic

whose first two books,

“Let the Dog Drive”

and “Bunny Modern,”

received wide praise

in the 1990s

for their satirical voice

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/04/books/david-bowman-author-of-let-the-dog-drive-dies-at-54.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/04/books/
david-bowman-author-of-let-the-dog-drive-dies-at-54.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doris June Waugh / Doris Betts    USA    1932-2012

 

award-winning novelist

and short-story writer

whose characters grappled

with religious faith, freedom,

captivity and original sin

in tales steeped in the Southern

literary tradition

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/25/books/doris-betts-novelist-in-southern-tradition-dies-at-79.html?hpw

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/25/books/
doris-betts-novelist-in-southern-tradition-dies-at-79.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lewis Alonzo Nordan    USA    1939-2012

 

Mississippi-born writer

whose fiction conjures

a dreamlike world that straddles

the whisker-thin margin

between a legend and a lie,

but whose best-known novel

was based on a historical murder

of national import

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/17/books/lewis-nordan-writer-who-spun-lyrical-tales-dies-at-72.html?hpw

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/17/
books/lewis-nordan-writer-who-spun-lyrical-tales-dies-at-72.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edward Reed Whittemore Jr.    USA    1919-2012

 

former poet laureate

of the United States

whose work’s calm,

unruffled surface

belied deep subversion below

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/11/
books/reed-whittemore-former-poet-laureate-dies-at-92.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/11/
books/reed-whittemore-former-poet-laureate-dies-at-92.html
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christine Frances Evelyn Brooke-Rose    USA    1923-2012

 

English experimental writer

known for wielding words

with the ardor of a philologist,

the fingers of a prestidigitator

and the appetite of a lexivore,

resulting in novels that exhilarated

many critics and enervated others

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/10/
books/christine-brooke-rose-experimental-writer-dies-at-89.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/10/books/
christine-brooke-rose-experimental-writer-dies-at-89.html 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Arden    UK    1930-2012

 

major British playwright

of the 1950s and 1960s,

whose politically engaged,

theatrically inventive

and conscience-provoking works

were often compared to Brecht’s

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/03/theater/john-arden-british-playwright-dies-at-81.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/03/
theater/john-arden-british-playwright-dies-at-81.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Benedict Freedman    1919-2012

 

Benedict Freedman's

first novel, “Mrs. Mike”

— based on the true story

of a young woman’s life

in the Canadian wilderness

at the turn of the century —

was a sensation

after it was published in 1947

and inspired a Hollywood

feature film

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/09/books/benedict-freedman-dies-at-92-co-author-of-mrs-mike.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/09/
books/benedict-freedman-dies-at-92-co-author-of-mrs-mike.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

William Elbert Gay    USA    1941-2012

 

self-taught novelist

from rural Tennessee

who emerged

from obscurity in his late 50s

with critically praised books

in the Southern Gothic style

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/01/arts/william-gay-novelist-rooted-in-tennessee-dies-at-70.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/01/
arts/william-gay-novelist-rooted-in-tennessee-dies-at-70.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diana Wynne Jones    UK    1934-2011

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diana_Wynne_Jones

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christopher Hitchens    UK / USA    1949-2011

 

slashing polemicist

in the tradition

of Thomas Paine

and George Orwell

who trained his sights

on targets as various as

Henry Kissinger,

the British monarchy

and Mother Teresa,

wrote a best-seller

attacking religious belief,

and dismayed

his former comrades on the left

by enthusiastically supporting

the American-led war in Iraq

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/16/arts/christopher-hitchens-is-dead-at-62-obituary.html

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/
christopher-hitchens

https://www.nytimes.com/topic/person/
christopher-hitchens

 

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/apr/20/
christopher-hitchens-memorial-new-york

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/18/
opinion/christopher-hitchens-consummate-writer-brilliant-friend.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/16/
arts/christopher-hitchens-is-dead-at-62-obituary.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/16/opinion/in-his-own-words.html

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2011/dec/16/christopher-hitchens-tributes

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/dec/16/christopher-hitchens-quotes-bons-mots

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/gallery/2010/may/30/christopher-hitchens

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/16/arts/christopher-hitchens-is-dead-at-62-obituary.html

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/dec/16/christopher-hitchens-obituary

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/dec/16/christopher-hitchens-dies-aged-62

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/10/
books/christopher-hitchens-on-writing-mortality-and-cancer.html

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/11/
books/review/arguably-essays-by-christopher-hitchens-book-review.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Russell Conwell Hoban    USA    1925-2011

 

For many years

it seemed there was more

than one Russell Hoban.

 

Now that he has died,

aged 86, after 60 years

of intense activity

in his successive careers,

it may begin to be possible

to gain some sense

of the whole man.

 

Certainly, it is clear enough

that the young author

of dozens of children's stories,

whose masterpiece was probably

The Mouse and His Child (1967),

explored the same territory

as the later author who published

nearly 20 adult novels,

and whose masterpiece

was probably

Riddley Walker (1980).

 

Each is a tale

of glorious escape

from physical and psychic

bondage.

 

Each ends

with a sense that freedom

is itself deeply bounded.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/dec/14/russell-hoban

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/russell-hoban 

 

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/dec/14/russell-hoban

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mildred Spitz Savage    USA    1919-2011

 

the author of “Parrish,”

a tale of a teenager

struggling into manhood

in the vast tobacco fields

of the Connecticut River Valley

in the late 1940s and early ’50s

— a story later adapted

for a popular movie

of the same title —

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/13/us/franklin-kameny-gay-rights-pioneer-dies-at-86.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/13/us/
franklin-kameny-gay-rights-pioneer-dies-at-86.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christopher Logue    UK    1926-2011

 

Christopher Logue

was dubbed

the "Alexander Pope of his day"

by AN Wilson and was regarded

one of the country's leading poets.

 

Although a master

of the short

and pithy political poem,

his major work

was the retelling

of Homer's epic, the Iliad.

 

Logue's version

was published

in a number of small books

including War Music

which won the international

Griffin Poetry Prize in 2002,

and Cold Calls which won

the 2006 Whitbread Poetry Award.

 

Logue spent

over 45 years on the project

while writing plays

for the screen and the theatre,

translating Brecht,

and editing Pseuds' Corner

in the satirical magazine

Private Eye.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2011/dec/03/poet-christopher-logue-dies

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/christopher-logue 

 

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/dec/03/christopher-logue

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2011/dec/03/poet-christopher-logue-dies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shelagh Delaney    USA    1939-2011

 

Shelagh Delaney was 18

when she wrote

A Taste of Honey,

one of the defining plays

of the 1950s working-class

and feminist cultural

movements.

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2011/nov/21/shelagh-delaney

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/25/arts/shelagh-delaney-playwright-dies-at-72.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Susan Fromberg Schaeffer    USA    1940-2011

 

novelist with a gift

for evoking complex characters

in the grip of extreme

psychological stress

and physical suffering,

notably in

“The Madness

of a Seduced Woman”

and the Vietnam War novel

“Buffalo Afternoon”

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/31/books/susan-fromberg-schaeffer-novelist-dies-at-71.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/31/
books/susan-fromberg-schaeffer-novelist-dies-at-71.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Samuel Menashe Weisberg    USA    1925-2011

 

Greenwich Village poet

whose jewel-like,

gnomic short verse won him

an ardent following in Britain

and belated recognition

in the United States

when the Poetry Foundation

gave him its first

Neglected Masters Award

in 2004

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/24/arts/samuel-menashe-new-york-poet-dies-at-85.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/24/
arts/samuel-menashe-new-york-poet-dies-at-85.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alan Doric Wilson    USA    1939-2011

 

playwright whose satirical,

wisecracking works

are considered bricks

in the foundations

of the Off Off Broadway

and gay theater movements

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/16/arts/doric-wilson-72-playwright-in-gay-theater-dies.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/16/
arts/doric-wilson-72-playwright-in-gay-theater-dies.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Henry Coffin Carlisle    USA    1926-2011

 

His broad literary career

included supporting

oppressed writers,

editing Camus,

helping translate

and publish Solzhenitsyn,

and writing a novel

that mused

about cannibalism

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/15/books/henry-carlisle-supporter-of-oppressed-writers-dies-at-84.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/15/
books/henry-carlisle-supporter-of-oppressed-writers-dies-at-84.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richard Samuel Wimmer    USA    1936-2011

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/25/
arts/dick-wimmer-74-irish-wine-author-is-dead.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Violi    USA    1944-2011

 

poet with an easy,

conversational style

and satiric bent

who reworked arcane

historical verse forms

and invented his own

in poems that mimicked

glossaries, errata slips,

travel brochures

and cover letters

https://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/16/
books/paul-violi-poet-dies-at-66.html

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/16/
books/paul-violi-poet-dies-at-66.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Henry Reymond Fitzwalter Keating    USA    1926- 2011

 

The crime writer

Henry Reymond Fitzwalter Keating

was more than happy

to be known simply as Harry,

although publishers

always billed him

as HRF Keating.

 

Over half a century,

he published roughly

50 novels.

 

More than two dozen

of these featured

his best-known hero,

the unassuming

Indian policeman

Inspector Ganesh Ghote,

who also appeared

in short stories,

and television

and film adaptations

of Keating's books.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2011/mar/28/
hrf-keating-obituary

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2011/mar/28/
hrf-keating-obituary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lanford Eugene Wilson    USA    1937-2011

 

Pulitzer Prize-winning

playwright whose work

— earthy, realist,

greatly admired,

widely performed —

centered on the sheer

ordinariness of marginality

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/25/theater/lanford-wilson-pulitzer-prize-winning-playwright-dies-at-73.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/25/
theater/lanford-wilson-pulitzer-prize-winning-playwright-dies-at-73.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Irving Ned Landesman    USA    1919-2011

 

writer and editor

whose journal Neurotica

analyzed the anxieties

of postwar America

and whose Broadway musical,

“The Nervous Set,”

has been called the first (and only)

Beat musical

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/27/arts/27landesman.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/27/arts/27landesman.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brian Jacques    UK    1939-2011

 

“Redwall”

was published in 1986.

 

It became

the first installment

in what is now

a best-selling 21-volume

children’s fantasy series.

 

Set at the pastoral

Redwall Abbey

in the misty English past,

the books are written

for children 8 and up.

 

They centeron the triumph

of good over evil

— specifically

the hard-won victories

of the abbey’s resident mice,

badgers and squirrels

over the marauding rats,

weasels and stoats

that perennially threaten

their peaceable kingdom.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/09/arts/09jacques.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/09/arts/09jacques.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edward Reynolds Price    USA    1933-2011

 

his novels and stories

about ordinary people

in rural North Carolina

struggling to find their place

in the world established him

as one of the most important voices

in modern Southern fiction

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/21/books/21price.html
 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/21/arts/21pricebox.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joseph Nicholas Gores    USA    1931-2011

 

crime writer whose spare,

chiseled sentences

and deadpan dialogue

put him squarely

in the Dashiell Hammett tradition

and persuaded

Hammett’s daughter

to let him write a follow-up

to “The Maltese Falcon”

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/14/arts/14gores.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/14/
arts/14gores.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dick King-Smith    USA    1922-2011

 

He published

more than 100 books

— mostly about animals

and often about pigs,

his favorites —

which have sold more than

15 million copies worldwide.

 

The movie “Babe,”

based on his story about a pig

that behaves like a sheepdog,

made his books a global hit.

 

“The Sheep-Pig” was retitled

“Babe: The Gallant Pig”

for the American market.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/08/books/08smith.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/08/
books/08smith.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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