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  • List of Famous Dead People: Category - Writers

    Ellen Douglas: Born: 1921-07-12 - Died: 2012-11-07
    Ellen Douglas (real name: Josephine Ayres Haxton) was a well-known author and novelist from Natchez, Mississippi. Douglas was well-known for her National Book Award nominated book Apostles of Light (1973). Douglas also published other various well-known works, such as: A Family’s Affairs (1961), Black Cloud, White Cloud: Two Novellas and Two Stories (1963), Where The […]
    Arthur Ochs Sulzberger: Born: 1926-02-05 - Died: 2012-09-29
    Arthur Ochs Sulzberger was a well-known newspaper publisher from New York, NY. He was known for his contributions and involvement with The New York Times. Along with Sulzberger’s tenure and leadership at The New York Times, Sulzberger was also greatly recognized for his publication of “The Pentagon Papers,” which he earned a Pulitzer prize award […]
    Malcolm Browne: Born: 1931-04-17 - Died: 2012-08-27
    Malcolm Browne was a well-known journalist and photographer from New York, NY. His most well-known work was the self-immolation photo of Thich Quang Duc, the burning monk. Browne’s career was mostly involved with journalism, working for the Stars and Stripes publication during his service in the Korean War, the Associated Press, and The New York […]
    Nina Bawden: Born: 1925-01-19 - Died: 2012-08-22
    Nina Bawden was a well-known Children’s literature writer from Ilford, Essex in England. The work that Bawden is known for is her award-winning publication of Carrie’s War. Nina Bawden grew up in Essex and attended Somerville College in Oxford. After graduating college, Bawden entered her writing career, and published various well-known books, such as: On […]
    Gore Vidal: Born: 1925-10-13 - Died: 2012-07-31
    Gore Vidal (born as Eugene Luther Gore Vidal) was a well-known political activist, playwright, and novelist from West Point in New York, NY. Gore Vidal was mostly known for his fiction/non-fiction essays and political writings. Gore Vidal began his writing career at the age of 19 in 1946 with his first fiction novel titled Williwaw, […]
    Erica Kennedy: Born: 1970-03-24 - Died: 2012-06-13
    Erica Kennedy was a well-known young African-American writer, making her writing contributions in blogs, news, and fashion journalism. Kennedy’s most noted work was the novel of Bling which she wrote back in 2004. Bling because so popular, it ended up on the New York Times‘ best-seller list. Early in Kennedy’s career, right after she graduated […]
    Ray Bradbury: Born: 1920-08-22 - Died: 2012-06-05
    Ray Bradbury was a well-known author from Waukegan, Illinois. Bradbury’s writings covered a wide range of genres, such as: fantasy, horror, science fiction, and mystery. His most known works are: The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, and Fahreinheit 451. Ray Bradbury was married to Marguerite McClure (who died in 2003) and had four daughters.
    Carlos Fuentes: Born: 1928-11-11 - Died: 2012-05-15
    Fuentes was a Mexican writer who was considered one of top essayists and novelists in the Spanish-speaking world. Some of his notable works include: Aura, The Death of Artemio Cruz, The Old Gringo, and Christopher Unborn.
    Maurice Sendak: Born: 1928-06-10 - Died: 2012-05-08
    Maurice Sendak was a well-known Children’s Literature author from Brooklyn, New York. His most well-known work was the book Where the Wild Things Are, where Sendak both wrote and illustrated the 1963 children’s story. Sendak’s passion for writing came at an early age from being confined to bed due to illness, and his love for […]
    Jan Berenstain: Born: 1923-07-26 - Died: 2012-02-24
    Jan Berenstain was the wife of Stan Berenstain, the duo were writers and illustrators, who are best known for creating the children’s book series the Berenstain Bears.
    Marie Colvin: Born: 1956-01-12 - Died: 2012-02-22
    Marie Colvin was an American-born Journalist who wrote for the British Newspaper The Sunday Times. Colvin was the Middle East Correspondent and Foreign Affairs Correspondent for The Sun Times, actively reporting on the front lines of Middle Eastern battles. Colvin was also known for her eye patch due to the loss of her eye in […]
    Joe Simon: Born: 1913-10-11 - Died: 2011-12-14
    Simon was an artist, publisher, editor, and comic book writer who co-created many important characters during the 1930s – 1940s “Golden Age of Comic Books”. He served as the first editor of Timely Comics, which would eventually become Marvel Comics. With his artist pal, Jack Kirby, the two created Captain America, one of the more […]
    Christopher Hitchens: Born: 1949-04-13 - Died: 2011-12-15
    Hitchens was an author, essayist, and journalist for over forty years. He had columns in Free Inquiry, The Nation, World Affairs, Vanity Fair, and the Atlantic. He was a staple of the lecture and talk show circuits, and was voted the fifth top public intellectual ini a Prospect/Foreign Policy poll. He was known for his […]
    Mario Miranda: Born: 1926-01-01 - Died: 2011-12-11
    Mario João Carlos do Rosario de Brit de Miranda, more commonly known as Mario Miranda, was an Indian cartoonist who was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2002, and Padma Shri in 1988. During his career Miranda worked regularly with The Times of India, The Economic Times and The Illustrated Weekly of India. In 1974 he […]
    John Steinbeck: Born: 1902-02-27 - Died: 1968-12-20
    John Steinbeck is an American writer who is credited for writing some of the most important novels of the 20th century. Many of his works are required readings in classrooms around the country.
    J. D. Salinger: Born: 1919-01-01 - Died: 2010-01-27
    Salinger was a beloved American author who is best known for his 1951 novel The Catcher in the Rye. He is also remembered for his reclusive lifestyle, he published his last work in 1965 and gave his last public interview in 1980. The success of Catcher In The Rye let to loads of public attention […]
    Robert B. Parker: Born: 1932-09-17 - Died: 2010-01-18
    Parker was a famous crime writer who is probably best known for his Spenser and Jesse Stone series of novels. The Spenser series was adapted into a television show for the ABC Network during the late 1980s entitled Spenser: For Hire, starring the late Robert Urich. The Jesse Stone series has also been turned into […]
    Soupy Sales: Born: 1926-01-08 - Died: 2009-10-22
    Sales was a very famous comedian, actor and on air personality. He is probably best known for his children’s television show “Lunch with Soupy Sales”. The show was a series of comedy sketches with almost every skit ending with the classic pie in the face, which became Sales’ trademark.
    William Safire: Born: 1929-12-17 - Died: 2009-09-27
    Safire was an author, journalist, columnist and presidential speechwriter. He is probably most known for his long running syndicated column for the New York Times. Safire retired from his political column in 2005, Arthur Sulzberger Jr., publisher of The New York Times had the following to say about Safire… “The New York Times without Bill […]
    Dominick Dunne: Born: 1925-10-29 - Died: 2009-08-26
    Dunne was an investigative journalist whose focus was generally on the way high society types interact with the judicial system. He had written six novels, two non-fiction books, two collections and produced four movies. At the time of his death he was working on his final book, Too Much Money.
    Don Hewitt: Born: 1922-12-14 - Died: 2009-08-19
    Hewitt was a television executive and producer who is best known for creating the news magazine show 60 Minutes.
    Robert Novak: Born: 1931-02-26 - Died: 2009-08-18
    Novak was a syndicated columnist, political commentator and journalist for more than 45 years. He was also the author of the longest-running syndicated column in U.S. political history.
    John Hughes: Born: 1950-02-08 - Died: 2009-08-06
    Hughes was a writer, director and producer of some of the most popular movies from the 80’s & 90’s. Some of his work includes The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, Weird Science, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Home Alone, National Lampoon’s Vacation, among others.
    Dom DeLuise: Born: 1933-08-01 - Died: 2009-05-04
    DeLuise was an actor, comedian, director, producer and chef. He began his career as a regular performer on the television show The Entertainers in 1964. Later, he was hired by TV producer Greg Garrison to appear periodically on the Dean Martin Show. DeLUise would go on as “Dominick the Great”, a magic act gone horribly […]
    Jack Kemp: Born: 1935-07-13 - Died: 2009-05-02
    Kemp was a former professional football player turned politician who was the Vice President nominee, in 1996, alongside Bob Dole. As a U.S. Congressman he was the primary driver of President Ronald Reagan’s supply-side economics agenda which led to large tax cuts. These cuts are largely credited with bringing on one of the most successful […]
    Steinar Lem: Born: 1951-05-09 - Died: 2009-04-28
    Lem was a Norwegian environmental activist, author and spokesperson for The Future In Our Hands, and anti-consumerism activist. Some of Lem’s work includes… – Signaler – compilation – Utenfor bymuren – short stories – Motlys – novel – Grenseovergang – novel – Bjørneboes menneskesyn i Frihetens øyeblikk – thesis – Den tause krigen – Det […]
    James Purdy: Born: 1923-07-17 - Died: 2009-03-13
    Purdy was a short story writer, poet, playwright, and novelist who published numerous novels and collections of short stories and poetry. His work has been translated into more than 30 languages. His work has been praised by the likes of Francis King, A.N. Wilson, Lillian Hellman and even Gore Vidal, who went on to say […]
    Braden Keil: Born: 1956-01-01 - Died: 2009-03-10
    Keil was an infamous “scoop artist” in the real-estate industry for the New York Post. Keil wrote a weekly column entitled Gimme Shelter. He also worked as a gossip reporter for The Washington Times and even ran for congress in the late 80’s. Back in 2007 Keil wrote a column that broke the news about […]
    Jim Bellows: Born: 1923-01-01 - Died: 2009-03-06
    Bellows was the famed editor of L.A. Herald Examiner and well known for rescuing underdog big-city newspapers from L.A. to New York. During his prestigious career Bellows worked at the New York Herald Tribume, Los Angeles Times, Washington Star, Los Angeles Herald Examiner, Entertainment Tonight, and ABC News: World News Tonight… to name a few. […]
    Horton Foote: Born: 1916-03-14 - Died: 2009-03-04
    Foote was an award winning playwright and screenwriter, who is probably best known for his screenplay for the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird which starred Gregory Peck. Some of Footes other notable works include Baby the Rain Must Fall, The Trip to Bountiful, The Midnight Caller, Of Mice and Men, The Young Man from […]