Writers Write shares writing resources and writing trivia. In this post, we list famous writers who died in 2021.
19 Famous Writers Who Died In 2021
- Anne Rice – Anne Rice was an American author who wrote metaphysical Gothic fiction, Christian literature, and erotica.
- bell hooks – bell hooks (born Gloria Jean Watkins) was an American author, feminist, and social activist.
- Beverly Cleary – Beverly Cleary was an American author of books for young adults and children.
- Eric Carle – Eric Carle was an American illustrator and writer of children’s books.
- Eric Jerome Dickey – Dickey was a bestselling American author.
- Gary Paulsen – Gary Paulsen was an American author of more than 200 books.
- Hal Holbrook – Hal Halbrook was an American actor, television director, and screenwriter.
- Jill Murphy – Jill Murphy was a British author and illustrator of children’s books.
- Joan Didion – Joan Didion was an American author best known for her novels, screenplays, and her literary journalism.
- Keri Hulme – Keri Hulme was a New Zealand writer. Her only novel, The Bone People, won the Booker Prize in 1985.
- Larry McMurtry – Larry McMurtry was an American novelist, essayist, bookseller, and screenwriter.
- Lawrence Ferlinghetti – Lawrence Ferlinghetti was an American poet, painter, and socialist activist.
- Lindiwe Mabuza – Lindiwe Mabuza was a South African struggle stalwart, writer, cultural activist and respected poet.
- Lucinda Riley – Lucinda Riley was an Irish author of popular historical fiction and a former actress.
- Robert Bly – Robert Elwood Bly was an American poet, essayist, and activist.
- Sharon Kay Penman – Sharon Kay Penman was an American historical novelist.
- Stephen Dunn – Dunn was an American poet and educator who authored twenty-one collections of poetry.
- Ved Mehta – Ved Mehta was an American writer who was born in Lahore, British India to a Hindu family.
- Wilbur Smith – Wilbur Smith was a best-selling South African novelist who sold more than 120 million books.
Other Literary Figures Who Died
- Christopher Little, J.K. Rowling’s literary agent.
- Denis Donoghue, an Irish literary critic.
- Jean Breeze, ‘the first woman of dub poetry’.
- Richard Robinson, who turned Scholastic into an empire.
- Takao Saito, who created the bestselling Japanese manga series Golgo 13.
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