Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Rest in Peace 2012--Final Partings

We lost a lot of talented people in 2012. Children's authors, science fiction/fantasy writers, crime writers, and novelists. Over the past few weeks we have highlighted some of their works and mourned the passing of some really wonderful people. This final week we are focusing on the losses in the poetry and non-fiction fields.

Poetry

Jack Gilbert--(1925-2012)--he was an award-winning American poet.  Born and raised in Pittsburgh, he was known for his starkly original poems.

Antonio "Tonino" Guerra--(1920-2012)--he was an Italian poet, writer, and screenwriter.  He first started writing poetry at the age of 22, when he was interned in a German concentration camp for being anti-fascist.

Dennis O'Driscoll--(1954-2012)--he was an Irish poet, essayist, critic, and editor.  This "generous, witty, gentleman's poet" died suddenly at the age of 58.

Adrienne Rich--(1929-2012)--she was an American poet, essayist, and feminist.  She was called "one of the most widely read and influential poets of the second half of the 20th century."

Louis Simpson--(1923-2012)--he was a Jamaican poet who won the 1964 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.  He was also a member of the 101st Airborne Division during World War II.

Wislawa Szymborska--(1923-2012)--she was a Polish poet, essayist, translator, and winner of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Literature.  The Polish Foreign Minister called her death "an irreparable loss to Poland's culture."

Non-Fiction

Helen Gurley Brown--(1922-2012)--she was an American author, publisher, and businesswoman.  She was the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine for 32 years.

Stephen Covey--(1932-2012)--he was an American businessman, author, and speaker.  He was best-known for his book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.

David Rakoff--(1964-2012)--he was a Canadian-born essayist, journalist, and actor who was based in New York City.  Known for his humorous, sometimes autobiographical essays, he died of cancer at the age of 47.

Jeffrey Zaslow--(1958-2012)--he was an American author, journalist, and columnist for the Wall St. Journal.  He was the co-author of The Last Lecture and Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope among others.  He died at age 53 in a car accident while on tour for his book The Magic Room.

Zig Ziglar--(1926-2012)--he was an American author and motivational speaker.  A Navy veteran of World War II, he died in Texas at the age of 86.


Finally, I recently discovered the passing of one of my favorite authors:

James D. Doss--(1939-2012)--he was an American mystery novelist.  He was the creator of 17 novels in the fictional Ute detective/rancher Charlie Moon series.  He was 73.


You all will be missed.

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