Writers who have recently died:

Swedish writer Börge Hellström died on 17th February aged 59; he was best known as one half of the writing duo Roslund & Hellström...Dutch author and illustrator Dick Bruna died on 16th February aged 98; he is best known for his children's books, his most notable creation is Miffy (Nijntje in the original Dutch)...English-Irish poet Tom Raworth died on 8th February aged 78, he was a key figure in the British Poetry Revival....Canadian novelist Richard B. Wright died on 7th February aged 79, he is best known for his award winning novel Clara Callan (2001)...American poet Thomas Lux died on 5th February aged 70...Pakistani novelist Bano Qudsia died on 4th February aged 88, her best known work is Raja Gidh (1981)...Albanian poet and writer Dritëro Agolli died on 3rd February aged 85...African-American novelist William Melvin Kelley died on 1st February aged 79; he is best known for his debut novel, A Different Drummer, published in 1962...Nigerian novelist Buchi Emecheta died on 25th January aged 72, her best known novels include The Bride Price (1976) and The Joys of Motherhood (1979)...British author Douglas Reeman / Alexander Kent died on 23rd January aged 92 he wrote historical fiction about the Royal Navy, mainly set during either World War II or the Napoleonic Wars....Award winning Dutch writer and poet Robert Anker died on 20th January aged 70...Jamaican novelist Peter Abrahams died on 18th January aged 97...South Korean novelist Jung Mikyung died 18th January aged 56...English children's author and illustrator Babette Cole died on 15th January aged 66; her books include Princess Smartypants (1986) and Prince Cinders (1987)...Italian author Giulio Angioni died on 12th January aged 77...American author of The Exorcist (1971), William Peter Blatty, died on 12th January aged 89...

ANNIVERSARIES

FEBRUARY 2017
1st Nobel Prize winning Polish poet Wisława Szymborska died 5 years ago.
2nd - Soviet writer Daniil Kharms died 75 years ago from starvation during the siege of Leningrad.
2nd - Scottish author of thrillers and adventure stories Alistair MacLean died 30 years ago.
3rd - Scottish poet George Crabbe died 185 years ago.
3rd - 170 years since the death of Marie Duplessis, inspiration for Marguerite Gautier, the main character of La Dame aux Camélias by Alexandre Dumas, fils.
3rd - Twentieth anniversary of the death of Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal.
10th -  Alex Haley, author of Roots, died 25 years ago.
10th - Russian author Alexander Pushkin died 180 years ago after being fatally wounded in a duel.
10th - British author of crime fiction Edgar Wallace died 85 years ago.
10th - American author of Little House on the Prairie Laura Ingalls Wilder died 60 years ago.
10th - English Victorian sensation novelist Mrs Henry Wood died 130 years ago.
11th - Polish writer Marian Hemar died 45 years ago.
    12th - German-Jewish political writer and journalist Ludwig Börne died 180 years ago.
    13th - 50 years since Iranian poet Forugh Farrokhzad died in a car accident.
    13th - Spanish writer Mariano José de Larra committed suicide 180 years ago.
    16th - The first Italian to receive the Nobel Prize in LiteratureGiosuè Carducci, died 110 years ago.
    17th - American diarist and nature writer Opal Whiteley died 25 years ago in a psychiatric hospital.
    19th - German poet and dramatist Georg Büchner died from Typhus 180 years ago, he was 23 years old.
    19th - Norwegian Nobel Prize winning novelist Knut Hamsun died 65 years ago.
    22nd - German author of the international bestseller Das Boot Lothar-Günther Buchheim died 10 years ago. 
    25th - Irish poet and songwriter Thomas Moore died 165 years ago.
    27th - Comedian and writer Spike Milligan died 15 years ago.
JANUARY 2017
10th - Nobel Prize winning Chilean poet Gabriela Mistral died 60 years ago.
11th - Ten years since the death of American author Robert Anton Wilson, best remembered as the co-author of The Illuminatus! Trilogy.
14th - The 145th anniversary of the death of Greyfriars Bobby.
17th - Spanish Nobel Prize winning novelist Camilo José Cela died fifteen years ago.
21st - The Austrian dramatist Franz Grillparzer died 145 years ago.
28th - Swedish writer Astrid Lindgren died fifteen years ago, she is best known for her books about Pippi Longstocking.
29th - The 20th anniversary of the death of Argentine journalist and author Osvaldo Soriano.

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