19 Famous Writers Who Died In 2021

19 Famous Writers Who Died In 2021

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

  1. Anne Rice – Anne Rice was an American author who wrote metaphysical Gothic fiction, Christian literature, and erotica.
  2. bell hooks – bell hooks (born Gloria Jean Watkins) was an American author, feminist, and social activist.
  3. Beverly Cleary – Beverly Cleary was an American author of books for young adults and children.
  4. Eric Carle – Eric Carle was an American illustrator and writer of children’s books.
  5. Eric Jerome Dickey – Dickey was a bestselling American author.
  6. Gary Paulsen – Gary Paulsen was an American author of more than 200 books.
  7. Hal Holbrook – Hal Halbrook was an American actor, television director, and screenwriter.
  8. Jill Murphy – Jill Murphy was a British author and illustrator of children’s books.
  9. Joan Didion – Joan Didion was an American author best known for her novels, screenplays, and her literary journalism.
  10. Keri Hulme – Keri Hulme was a New Zealand writer. Her only novel, The Bone People, won the Booker Prize in 1985.
  11. Larry McMurtry – Larry McMurtry was an American novelist, essayist, bookseller, and screenwriter.
  12. Lawrence Ferlinghetti – Lawrence Ferlinghetti was an American poet, painter, and socialist activist.
  13. Lindiwe Mabuza – Lindiwe Mabuza was a South African struggle stalwart, writer, cultural activist and respected poet.
  14. Lucinda Riley – Lucinda Riley was an Irish author of popular historical fiction and a former actress.
  15. Robert Bly – Robert Elwood Bly was an American poet, essayist, and activist.
  16. Sharon Kay Penman – Sharon Kay Penman was an American historical novelist.
  17. Stephen Dunn – Dunn was an American poet and educator who authored twenty-one collections of poetry.
  18. Ved Mehta – Ved Mehta was an American writer who was born in Lahore, British India to a Hindu family.
  19. Wilbur Smith – Wilbur Smith was a best-selling South African novelist who sold more than 120 million books.

Other Literary Figures Who Died

  1. Christopher Little, J.K. Rowling’s literary agent.
  2. Denis Donoghue, an Irish literary critic.
  3. Jean Breeze, ‘the first woman of dub poetry’.
  4. Richard Robinson, who turned Scholastic into an empire.
  5. Takao Saito, who created the bestselling Japanese manga series Golgo 13.


  1. 20 Famous Writers Who Died In 2020
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  4. 22 Famous Writers Who Died In 2017

 by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 6th January 2022