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We lost lost many literary greats last year, including a Nobel Prize in Literature winner.
27 Famous Writers Who Died In 2019
- Andrea Camilleri – The Italian author was the creator of the fictional Inspector Montalbano. Camilleri wrote 23 novels starring his Sicilian detective, which sold more than 30 million copies.
- Andrea Levy – The British author won the Orange Prize for Small Island and the Walter Scott Prize for The Long Song. Her novels novels explored the intertwined histories of Britain and Jamaica.
- Anne Rivers Siddons – The American novelist wrote stories set in the southern United States.
- Binyavanga Wainaina – The Kenyan author and journalist was the winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing.
- Charles McCarry – The American writer and former undercover CIA operative was well-known for his spy novels featuring CIA agent, Paul Christopher.
- Clive James – The Australian poet, critic, broadcaster, and writer lived and worked in the United Kingdom.
- Diana Athill – The British novelist and memoirist was also a literary editor who worked with some of the most important writers of the 20th century.
- Dorothea Benton Frank – The best-selling American novelist was inducted into the South Carolina Academy of authors in 2015.
- Ernest J. Gaines – The American author wrote eight books, including A Lesson Before Dying, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award.
- Gene Wolfe – The American author was an iconic figure in the science fiction genre. He was named a grand master of science fiction and fantasy by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) in 2013.
- Graeme Gibson – The Canadian novelist was a founder of the Writers’ Trust of Canada, a non-profit literary organisation that seeks to encourage Canada’s writing community.
- Herman Wouk – Wouk was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American author. He was the first recipient of the award for lifetime achievement in the writing of fiction (in 2008) made by the Library of Congress.
- Johanna Lindsey – Lindsey was one of the most popular American writers of historical romance novels worldwide.
- Judith Kerr – The German-born British writer and illustrator sold more than 10 million books. She was best known for the classic children’s book The Tiger Who Came to Tea.
- Judith Krantz – The best-selling American novelist wrote in the romance genre. Her works include Princess Daisy and Till We Meet Again.
- Kate Braverman – Braverman was an American novelist, short story writer, and poet.
- Kate Figes – Figes was an English author and journalist. She said ‘I write books and pieces about relationships and family life and the muddles we all get into…therein.’
- Lucette Lagnado – Lagnado was an Egyptian-born American journalist and memoirist.
- Marion Chesney – Chesney was a Scottish writer of romance and mystery novels. She used the pseudonym M. C. Beaton for her Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth mystery series.
- Marjorie W. Sharmat – Sharmat was an American children’s writer who wrote more than 130 books for children and teens.
- Mary Oliver – The American poet was a winner of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.
- Paule Marshall – The American novelist was best known for her 1959 debut novel Brown Girl, Brownstones. She explored African-American life as experienced by recent arrivals from the Caribbean.
- Rosamund Pilcher – Pilcher was a best-selling British author of romance novels and mainstream women’s fiction.
- Russell Baker – The American journalist, narrator, and writer was the author of Pulitzer Prize-winning autobiography Growing Up.
- Toni Morrison – The American novelist was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012.
- Vonda McIntyre – The American was a leading Science Fiction author whose books featured female protagonists. She also wrote five Star Trek novels
- W. S. Merwin – The American poet and translator was known for the spare style of his poetry. He served as poet laureate from 2010 to 2011.
Other literary figures who died:
- A. Alvarez – British novelist, essayist, and critic.
- Betty Ballantine – American publisher who popularised the paperback.
- Edmund Morris was a British-American writer best known for his biographies.
- Elisabeth Sifton – American editor and the former senior vice president of Farrar, Straus & Giroux
- Giuliano Bugialli – Italian writer and culinary historian.
- John Richardson – British art historian and biographer of Pablo Picasso.
- Les Murray – Australian poet, anthologist, and critic.
- Linda Gregg was an American poet.
- Marie Ponsot was an American poet, literary critic, essayist, teacher, and translator.
- Michael Howard was a British historian.
- Molly O’Neill was an American food writer.
- Nick Tosches was an American biographer.
- Rachel Ingalls was an American-born author who lived in the United Kingdom.
- Robert K. Massie – American journalist and historian.
- Sara Danius – Swedish literary critic and philosopher, and the first woman to head the Nobel Literature Committee.
- Walter J. Minton – risk-taking American publisher.
- Ward Just– American war correspondent.
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