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  • List of Famous Dead People: Category - Writers

    Nadine Gordimer: Born: 1923-11-20 - Died: 2014-07-13
    Nadine Gordimer was a South African writer and activist whose works took on racially-charged themes, especially apartheid in her home country. Her famous novels include 1974′s The Conservationist, 1979′s Burger’s Daughter, 1981′s July’s People, and 1987′s A Sport of Nature. She also wrote numerous collections of short fiction and essays. Gordimer received the Nobel Prize [...]
    Walter Dean Myers: Born: 1937-08-12 - Died: 2014-07-01
    Walter Dean Myers was an author of children’s and young adult books with over a hundred of them to his name. Among his most well-known are Fallen Angels, Sunrise Over Fallujah, and Monster.
    Ruby Dee: Born: 1922-10-27 - Died: 2014-06-11
    Ruby Dee was an actress, writer, journalist, and civil rights activist. Among her acting credits were roles in A Raisin in the Sun, American Gangster, and Stephen King’s The Stand. Throughout her career, she won Grammy, Emmy, Obie, Drama Desk, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Awards.
    Rik Mayall: Born: 1958-03-07 - Died: 2014-06-09
    Richard “Rik” Mayall was a comedian, writer, and actor. He was known for a comedy partnership with Adrian “Ade” Edmondson as well as Drop Dead Fred (he was Fred) and numerous other projects.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Born: 1927-03-06 - Died: 2014-04-17
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez was a Nobel Prize-winning author. He wrote One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera.
    Sue Townsend: Born: 1946-04-02 - Died: 2014-04-10
    Sue Townsend was an English writer who is best known for creating the character Adrian Mole, a teenager whose story she told through a series of pieces written in the form of a diary. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole was later turned into a television series. Townsend was also a successful novelist, playwright, and [...]
    Rynn Berry: Born: 1945 - Died: 2014-01-09
    Rynn Berry, 68, was a vegan book author that penned books on vegetarian lifestyles in New York City. His most famous work – The Vegan Guide to New York City – made him a well-known name among vegetarian circles. This success led to him becoming an international speaker on the history of vegetarianism. His last [...]
    Doris Lessing: Born: 22-10-1919 - Died: 17-11-2013
    Doris Lessing was a British playwright, novelist, and short story writer who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2007. Her works include “The Grass is Singing” (1950), “Children of Violence” (series, 1952–69), “The Golden Notebook” (1962), and “The Good Terrorist” (1985). In 2008, the Times included her on a list called “The 50 greatest [...]
    Tom Clancy: Born: 1947-04-12 - Died: 2013-10-01
    Tom Clancy was a writer, who wrote seventeen bestselling novels. His work typically dealt with espionage and military storylines often related to the Cold War. In addition to his numerous books, his work inspired movies like The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, and The Sum of All Fears and video [...]
    Marcella Hazan: Born: 1924-04-15 - Died: 2013-09-29
    Marcella Hazan was an Italian author famous for her English-language cookbooks, including the The Classic Italian Cook Book: The Art of Italian Cooking and the Italian Art of Eating. Hazan became known as an expert in Italian cooking and won numerous awards for her cookbooks.
    Seamus Heaney: Born: 1939-04-13 - Died: 2013-08-30
    Seamus Heaney was an Irish poet best known for collections such as Death of a Naturalist and The Spirit Level. His most famous writing centered on the conflict between the British and the Irish throughout the 20th century. He won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1995.
    Elmore Leonard: Born: 1925-10-11 - Died: 2013-08-20
    Elmore Leonard was a novelist and screenwriter with numerous well-known works, many of which that became well-known films. He wrote Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Hombre, Mr. Majestyk and Rum Punch, which would be adapted for Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown. His short stories were also the source for films 3:10 to Yuma and The Tall [...]
    Martin Manley: Born: 1953-08-15 - Died: 2013-08-15
    Martin Manley, 60, was a sports writer for the Kansas City Star. Aside from his work at the newspaper, he also helped create the NBA’s Efficiency Index. His final claim to fame was creating a Web site that detailed his reasons for committing suicide.
    Jack Germond: Born: 1928-01-30 - Died: 2013-08-14
    Jack Germond, 85, was a famous political columnist. He was most well known for his work at The Baltimore Sun, but he was involved in everything from newspapers to television. For a while, he regularly appeared on The McLaughlin Group. His final act was finishing up his first novel, “A Small Story For Page Three,” [...]
    Elisabeth Maxwell: Born: unknown - Died: 07-08-2013
    Elisabeth Maxwell was the widow of British media tycoon Robert Maxwell, whose mysterious death left her broke when insurance companies refused to pay out. She eventually educated herself on the Holocaust in memory of her late husband–who lost several family members during that time–and started the journal “Holocaust and Genocide Studies”. She received her doctorate [...]
    Richard Matheson: Born: 1926-02-20 - Died: 2013-06-23
    Richard Matheson was a hugely influential writer specializing in (but not limited to) science and horror fiction. Among his most popular titles are I Am Legend, The Shrinking Man, Hell House, What Dreams May Come, Bid Time Return, and A Stir of Echoes. He also wrote a number of episodes of The Twilight Zone.
    Gary David Goldberg: Born: 1944-06-25 - Died: 2013-06-23
    Gary David Goldberg, 68, was most well know for creating Family Ties. The popular 1980s sitcom is remembered for many things, but one of the standouts is that it launched Michael J. Fox’ career. After Family Ties, Goldberg went on to create Spin City, Brooklyn Bridge, Dad, Bye Bye Love and Must Love Dogs.
    Vince Flynn: Born: 1966 - Died: 2013-06-19
    Vince Flynn, 47, was a best-selling author of political thrillers. Most of his books followed the exploits of Mitch Rapp – an under-cover CIA counter-terrorism agent. The first book in the series – Term Limits – was released in 1997. The last book in the series – The Survivor – may or may not be [...]
    Jack Vance: Born: 28-08-1916 - Died: 26-05-2013
    Jack Vance was an American sci-fi author who sometimes wrote under the name Ellery Queen. Vance wrote more than sixty books throughout his career and sometimes crossed genres, moving into the realm of fantasy. He was the recipient of numerous awards for his work and for his memoir, “This Is Me, Jack Vance!”
    Hal McClure: Born: 1921 - Died: 2013-05-26
    Hal McClure, 92, was a famous AP journalist that covered two wars in Israel during the 1960s and 70s. Beyond his war coverage, he was a respected foreign correspondent that worked in numerous foreign countries for 21 years. After retiring as a journalist, McClure became a documentary film maker.
    Bernard Waber: Born: 1924-09-27 - Died: 2013-05-16
    Bernard Waber, 91, was a famous children’s book author. His most famous works are The House On East 88th Street and the Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile series of books. He also wrote a book called Bravery to help children cope with the September 11 attacks.
    Joyce Brothers: Born: 1927-10-20 - Died: 2013-05-13
    Joyce Brothers was a psychologist well known for her TV appearances. She also wrote a daily advice column in newspapers from 1960 to 2013.
    Al Neuharth: Born: 1924-03-22 - Died: 2013-04-19
    Al Neuharth was the founder of USA Today, and former chairman of Gannett. He was also a columnist From South Dakota, Neuharth started out co-founding SoDak Sports, a local newspaper covering the sports scene in South Dakota. It went bankrupt within a year, but that didn’t stop him from becoming a hugely successful publisher, obviously.
    Roger Ebert: Born: 1942-06-18 - Died: 2013-03-04
    Roger Ebert was a film critic, journalist, and overall titan of the movie industry. Ebert, whose first film review column appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times in 1967, was also known for his series of review shows with fellow critic Gene Siskel. He was the first film critic to ever receive a Pulitzer Prize.
    Ruth Prawer Jhabvala: Born: 1927-05-07 - Died: 2013-04-03
    Ruth Prawer Jhabvala was a Booker prize-winning author and Oscar-winning screenwriter. She won the former for her novel Heat and Dust. She won Academy Awards for Howards End and A Room with a View. She was also nominated for The Remains of the Day.
    Don Payne: Born: 1964-05-04 - Died: 2013-03-26
    Don Payne, 48, was a well-known writer for American television and film. He was most well-known for his work on The Simpsons as a writer. He continued to write episodes up until his death, with two episodes scheduled to air posthumously. He was also responsible for the screenplays of five feature films, including the yet [...]
    Anthony Lewis: Born: 1927-03-27 - Died: 2013-03-25
    Anthony Lewis, 85, is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and New York Times columnist. He was most well known for his column, “Abroad at Home,” which tackled subjects like free speech, human rights and constitutional law. He won Pulitzers in 1955 and 1963. The latter was for a book called, “Gideon’s Trumpet” that followed a [...]
    Chinua Achebe: Born: 1930-11-16 - Died: 2013-03-22
    Chinua Achebe was a Nigerian author. He is most famous for writing the novel Things Fall Apart. (Image courtesy Stuart C. Shapiro)
    James Herbert: Born: 1943-04-08 - Died: 2013-03-20
    James Herbert was a horror writer, who also designed his own covers and publicity. He had previously worked as the art director for an ad agency. His books included: The Rats, The Fog, The Survivor, Fluke, The Spear, Lair, The Dark, The Jonah, Shrine, Domain, Moon, The Magic Cottage, Sepulchre, Haunted, Creed, Portent, The Ghosts [...]
    Henry Bromell: Born: 1947-09-19 - Died: 2013-03-18
    Henry Bromell was an author, screenwriter and director who worked on a number of popular television shows. He wrote and produced episodes of Chicago Hope, Northern Exposure, Homicide: Life on the Street, Brotherhood, Carnivàle, and Rubicon. He was Executive Producer of the Showtime series Homeland during the time of his death. He wrote four episodes [...]