Obituaries

Janet Malcolm, Provocative Journalist With a Piercing Eye, Dies at 86 – The New York Times

[Katie] Roiphe put it this way: “She takes apart the official line, the accepted story, the court transcript like a mechanic takes apart a car engine and shows us how it works; she narrates how the stories we tell ourselves are made from the vanities and jealousies and weaknesses of their players. This is her …

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Beverly Cleary, beloved and prolific author of children’s books, dies at 104 Obituary from the Los Angeles Times. Larry McMurtry, Novelist of the American West, Dies at 84 Obituary from the New York Times. I Always Write in the Past: The Millions Interviews André Aciman Here’s a fascinating article in which André Aciman talks about …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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

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 …

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