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V.S. Naipaul, Nobel Prize-winning author, dies at 85, family says

Source: V.S. Naipaul, Nobel Prize-winning author, dies at 85, family says

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Ursula K. Le Guin, Acclaimed for Her Fantasy Fiction, Is Dead at 88 – The New York Times

“If you cannot or will not imagine the results of your actions, there’s no way you can act morally or responsibly.”

–Ursula K. Le Guin

Source: Ursula K. Le Guin, Acclaimed for Her Fantasy Fiction, Is Dead at 88 – The New York Times

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In Memoriam: Literary Folks We Lost in 2017

This is always my least favorite post of the year.

Here’s a list of people the literary world lost in 2017, including, where available, a link to an obituary and the date of death.

John Berger, 1/2

Nat Hentoff, 1/7

Clare Hollingworth, 1/10

William Peter Blatty, 1/12

William A. Hilliard, 1/16

Peter Abrahams, 1/18

Byron Dobell, 1/21

Emma Tennant, 1/21

Buchi Emecheta, 1/25

Harry Mathews, 1/25

Bharati Mukherjee, 1/28

Barbara Harlow, 1/28

Howard Frank Mosher, 1/29

William Melvin Kelley, 2/1

Thomas Lux, 2/5

Barbara Gelb, 2/9

Dick Bruna, 2/16

Nancy Willard, 2/19

Frank Delaney, 2/21

Gary Cartwright, 2/22

Edith Shiffert, 3/1

Robert James Waller, 3/10

Amy Krouse Rosenthal, 3/13

George Braziller, 3/16

Derek Walcott, 3/17

Jimmy Breslin, 3/19

Robert Silvers, 3/20

Colin Dexter, 3/21

Joanne Kyger, 3/22

David Storey, 3/26

William McPherson, 3/28

Yevgeny Yevtushenko, 4/1

Glenn O’Brien, 4/7

Patricia McKissack, 4/7

Robert M. Pirsig, 4/24

Anne R. Dick, 4/28

Jean Fritz, 5/14

Neil Gordon, 5/19

Denys Johnson-Davies, 5/22

Denis Johnson, 5/24

Ann Birstein, 5/24

Frank Deford, 5/28

Charles Simmons, 6/1

Juan Goytisolo, 6/4

Helen Dunmore, 6/5

Margaux Fragoso, 6/23

Michael Bond, 6/27

Heathcote Williams, 7/1

Spencer Johnson, 7/3

Kenneth Silverman, 7/7

Clancy Sigal, 7/16

Sam Shepard, 7/27

Judith Jones, 8/2

Janusz Glowacki, 8/19

Brian Aldiss, 8/19

Susan Vreeland, 8/23

Howard Kaminsky, 8/26

Bernard Pomerance, 8/26

Rachel Kranz, 8/28

Elaine Ford, 8/27

Louise Hay, 8/30

Katherine M. Bonniwell, 8/31

John Ashbery, 9/3

Kate Millett, 9/6

Jerry Pournelle, 9/8

J.P. Donleavy, 9/11

Myrna Lamb, 9/15

Lillian Ross, 9/20

Kit Reed, 9/24

Si Newhouse, 10/1

Richard Wilbur, 10/14

Donald Bain, 10/14

Fay Chiang, 10/20

Gilbert Rogin, 11/4

Nancy Friday, 11/5

Pat Hutchins, 11/8

Jeremy Hutchinson, 11/13

Les Whitten, 12/2

William Gass, 12/6

Kathleen Karr, 12/6

Bette Howland, 12/13

Clifford Irving, 12/19

Sue Grafton, 12/28

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Literary Deaths: 2016

Last Tuesday (12/27/2016), the day Carrie Fisher died, my Facebook feed was filled with lamentations about all the well-known people who had died in 2016. Later that day came the report of the death of Richard Adams, author of Watership Down, on Christmas Eve. And then the following day Carrie’s mother, Debbie Reynolds, died.

Have we really lost more shining stars than usual in 2016, or does it just seem that way because quite a few deaths clustered around the year’s final few days? For the last several years I’ve posted a list similar to this one, and it always seems that the list is longer than we’d like.

Here, with a link to an obituary (if available), are the lights we lost from the literary world in 2016.

Florence King, 1/6

Sylvan Barnet, 1/11

Brian Bedford, 1/13

C. D. Wright

Skip Skwarek, 1/15

Michel Tournier, 1/18

Forrest McDonald, 1/19

George Weidenfeld, 1/20

David G. Hartwell, 1/20

Edmonde Charles-Roux, 1/20

David G. Hartwell, 1/20

Paul Aiken, 1/29

Margaret Forster, 2/8

Jake Page, 2/10

Harper Lee, 2/19

Umberto Eco, 2/19

Louise Rennison, 2/29

Pat Conroy, 3/4

Anita Brookner, 3/10

Geoffrey H. Hartman, 3/14

Jim Harrison, 3/26

Adrienne Rich, 3/27

Frank De Felitta, 3/29

E.M. Nathanson, 4/5

James Cross Giblin, 4/10

Glenn Ellis, 4/11

Arnold Wesker, 4/12

Jackie Carter, 4/13

Jenny Diski, 4/28

Katherine Dunn, 5/12

Yang Jiang, 5/25

David Lamb, 6/5

Peter Shaffer, 6/6

Rhoda Blumberg, 6/6

William Wright, 6/11

Lois Duncan, 6/15

Michael Herr, 6/23

Austin Clarke, 6/26

Alvin Toffler, 6/27

Judy Feiffer, 6/27

Geoffrey Hill, 6/30

Yves Bonnefoy, 7/1

Elie Wiesel, 7/2

Robert Nye, 7/2

William Gaines, 7/20

Tim LaHaye, 7/25

James Alan McPherson, 7/27

Mahasweta Devi, 7/28

Jim Northrup, 8/1

Joyce Carol Thomas, 8/13

Max Ritvo, 8/23

Michel Butor, 8/24

Warren Hinckle, 8/25

Anna Dewdney, 9/3

Robert Timberg, 9/6

Barbara Seuling, 9/12

D. Keith Mano, 9/14

Edward Albee, 9/16

William P. Kinsella, 9/16

Gloria Naylor, 9/28

Dario Fo, 10/13

Lucia Perillo, 10/16

Natalie Babbitt, 10/31

Yumi Heo

E. R. Braithwaite, 12/12

Shirley Hazzard, 12/12

David Berry, 12/16

Richard Adams, 12/24

Carrie Fisher, 12/27

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Carrie Fisher, a Princess, a Rebel and a Brave Comic Voice – The New York Times

She entered popular culture as a princess in peril and endures as something much more complicated and interesting. Many things, really: a rebel commander; a witty internal critic of the celebrity machine; a teller of comic tales, true and embellished; an inspiring and cautionary avatar of excess and resilience; an emblem of the honesty we crave (and so rarely receive) from beloved purveyors of make-believe.

Source: Carrie Fisher, a Princess, a Rebel and a Brave Comic Voice – The New York Times

RIP Carrie Fisher

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In Memoriam: 12 Authors We Lost Too Soon in 2016

In 2016, we said good-bye to many literary luminaries. These authors have inspired us, challenged us to think deeply, and opened windows into the lives and struggles of others. Here we remember some of the award winners, trailblazers, and creators of beloved classics whose works will stand the test of time.

Source: In Memoriam: 12 Authors We Lost Too Soon in 2016

I’ll post my own list of those whom the world of books lost in 2016 at the end of the year, but here’s a select list that includes seminal works of the 12 authors included.

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Anita Brookner, whose bleak fiction won the Booker Prize, dies at 87 – The Boston Globe

Anita Brookner, a British author of lean, elegiac and stylistically polished novels who was once labeled the “mistress of gloom” for her depiction of bleak and disappointed lives, usually of women, died on Thursday.

Source: Anita Brookner, whose bleak fiction won the Booker Prize, dies at 87 – The Boston Globe

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Shani Gilchrist Remembers Pat Conroy | Literary Hub

Pat Conroy always managed to put South Carolina’s weirder qualities into gloriously humorous and scientific perspective. This is a rare art as it requires a brand of honesty most people run from before they have to think too hard about it. This honesty requires ownership of both the good and bad aspects of history, requires a person to not take their present-day role in that history so seriously that it becomes polished over with verbal lacquer—most importantly, perhaps, this honesty requires a person to not give a damn what people might say when you sit that history out for all to see. It’s a brand of honesty that holds the nuance of individuality in high regard—another quality that has become particularly undervalued these days.

Source: Shani Gilchrist Remembers Pat Conroy | Literary Hub

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Pat Conroy, Author of ‘The Prince of Tides’ and ‘The Great Santini,’ Dies at 70 – The New York Times

Pat Conroy, whose 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,” died on Friday. He was 70.His death was confirmed by Todd Doughty, the vice president, executive director of publicity at Doubleday. He said the cause of death was pancreatic cancer.

Source: Pat Conroy, Author of ‘The Prince of Tides’ and ‘The Great Santini,’ Dies at 70 – The New York Times

More sad news. It seems that we have lost quite a few authors in recent weeks.

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Umberto Eco, Italian Semiotician and Best-Selling Author, Dies at 84 – The New York Times

Umberto Eco, an Italian scholar in the arcane field of semiotics who became the author of best-selling novels, most notably the blockbuster medieval mystery “The Name of the Rose,” died on Friday in Italy. He was 84.

Source: Umberto Eco, Italian Semiotician and Best-Selling Author, Dies at 84 – The New York Times