Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Those We Lost in 2013--Part 2

This week we will highlight some more of the great talents in literature that passed away in 2013.  Honor their memories by trying one of their books or re-reading one of your favorites.

Seamus Heaney--(1939-2013)--Human Chain, Opened Ground
He was an Irish poet, playwright, translator, and lecturer.  He won the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature.  According to his son, Heaney's last words were "Noli timere" (Latin for: "do not be afraid").  His wife Marie received these words in a text a few minutes before he died.

Oscar Hijuelos--(1951-2013)--Beautiful Maria of My Soul
He was a New York City-born novelist of Cuban descent.  His The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love won the 1990 Pulitzer prize--making him the first Hispanic to win that award.  He died of a heart attack at age 62.

Elmore Leonard--(1925-2013)--Get Shorty, Hombre, and "Justified"(TV series)
He was a New Orleans-born American novelist and screenwriter known for his gritty realism and strong dialogue.  26 of his novels and stories have been adopted for the screen--19 films and 7 TV shows.

Doris Lessing--(1919-2013)--The Golden Notebook, The Good Terrorist
She was a novelist, short story writer, and poet who was born in Persia (Iran) to British parents.  She won the 2007 Nobel Prize in Literature.  She died in London at the age of 94.

Richard Matheson--(1926-2013)--I Am Legend
He was a New Jersey-born author and screenwriter of fantasy, horror, and science fiction.  He won the World Fantasy Award and Bram Stoker Award--both for Life Achievement and he was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2010.  He was 87.

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala--(1927-2013)--Heat and Dust, Howard's End (screenplay)
She was a Jewish, German-born British and later American author and screenwriter.  She is the only person to have won both a Booker Prize (1975) and an Academy Award (2). She also wrote the screenplays for The Remains of the Day and A Room With a View.  She died in New York at age 85.

Ned Vizzini--(1981-2013)--It's Kind of a Funny Story
He was a Brooklyn, New York author of four books.  He suffered from depression and wrote several books for young adults about the illness.  Sadly, he committed suicide on December 19th.  He was only 32 years old.

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