Authors Who Died in April

Authors Who Died in April

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2016Lars Gustafsson, author of ‘The Death of a Beekeeper‘, was born in Västerås, Sweden on 17th May 1936. He died aged 79 in Stockholm, Sweden.


2005Saul Bellow, author of ‘Herzog‘ was born in Lachine, Canada on 10th June 1915. He died aged 89 in Brookline, Massachusetts, USA.

2016E. M. Nathanson (Erwin), author of ‘The Dirty Dozen‘ was born in The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA on 17th February 1928. He died aged 88 from heart failure in Laguna Niguel, California, USA.


1976Ruth Plumly Thompson, author of ‘Ojo in Oz‘ was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA on 27th July 1891. She died aged 84 in the USA.

2020Jean Little, author of ‘Stand in the Wind‘ was born in Formosa, Japan on 2nd January 1932. She died aged 88 in Guelph, Ontario, Canada.


2016Adrian Greenwood, author of ‘The Glaswegian‘ who was born in the UK on October 1973. He died aged 42 in Oxford, England, UK.

2023Rachel Pollack, author of ‘Unquenchable Fire ‘ who was born in New York City, New York, USA on 17th August 1945. She died aged 77 from Non-Hodgkin lymphoma in Rhinebeck, New York, USA.


1966Evelyn Waugh, author of ‘Brideshead Revisited‘ was born in Hampstead, London, UK on 28th October 1903. He died aged 62 in Combe Florey, Somerset, UK.

2014Sue Townsend, author of ‘The Woman who Went to Bed for a Year‘ was born in Leicester, UK on 2nd April 1946. She died aged 68 in Leicester, UK.

2023Anne Perry, author of ‘The Scroll‘ was born in London, UK on 28th October 1938. She died aged 84 in Los Angeles, California, USA.


2007Kurt Vonnegut, author of ‘Cat’s Cradle‘ was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA on 11th November 1922. He died aged 84 in Manhattan, New York, USA.

2009Corín Tellado, Spanish author of ‘Desde el Corazon‘ was born in El Franco, Spain on 25th April 1927. He died aged 81 in Gijón, Spain.


2016Alexander Kanengoni, author of ‘Echoing Silences‘, was born in Chivhu, Zimbabwe on 17th September 1951. He died aged 65 in Harare, Zimbabwe.


2006Dame Muriel Spark, author of ‘The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie‘ was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK on 1st February 1918. She died aged 88 in Florence Italy.

2022Johanna Ekström, author of ‘Meningarna‘ was born in Stockholm, Sweden on 9th May 1970. She died aged 51 from Cancer in Sweden.


2023Abel Posse, author of ‘Noche de lobos‘ was born on 7th January 1934. He died aged 89.


1994Ralph Ellison, author of ‘Invisible Man‘ was born at 407 East First Street in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA on 1st March 1914. He died aged 80 from Pancreatic Cancer in New York City, New York, USA.

2020Luis Sepúlveda, author of ‘The Story of A Seagull and The Cat Who Taught Her To Fly‘ was born in Ovalle, Limarí Province, Chile on 4th October 1949. He died aged 70 from complications caused by Covid in Oviedo, Asturias, Spain.


2022Valerio Evangelisti, author of ‘One Big Union‘ was born in Bologna, Italy on 20th June 1952. He died aged 69 in Bologna, Italy.


1882Charles Darwin, author of ‘The Origin of Species‘ was born in The Mount, Shrewsbury, UK on 12th February 1812. He died aged 73 in Down, London, UK from heart failure, although there is speculation that he actually died from Chagas disease. He is buried in Westminster Abbey.

1989Dame Daphne Du Maurier, author of ‘Jamaica Inn‘ was born in London, UK on 13th May 1907. She died aged 81 in Fowey, Cornwall, UK.


1912Bram Stoker, author of ‘Dracula‘ was born in Dublin, Republic of Ireland on 8th November 1847. He died aged 64 in London, UK.


1910Mark Twain, author of ‘The Adventures of Tom Sawyer‘ was born in Florida, Missouri, USA on 30th November 1835. He died aged 74 in Redding, Connecticut, USA.

2012Charles Higham, author of ‘Trading with the Enemy‘ was born in London, UK on 18th February 1931. He died aged 81 from a heart attack in Los Angeles, California, USA.

2023Kate Saunders, author of ‘The Land of Neverendings‘ was born in London, UK on 4th May 1960. She died aged 62 from Cancer in Archway, London, UK.


1616William Shakespeare, poet, playwright, and actor writer of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream‘ was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, UK on 23rd April 1564. He died aged 52 in Stratford-upon-Avon, UK.

1996P.L. Travers, author of ‘Mary Poppins‘ was born in Maryborough, Australia on 9th August 1899. She died aged 96 in London, UK.

1850William Wordsworth, poet ‘I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud‘, was born in Cockermouth, Cumbria, UK on 7th April 1770. He died aged 80 in Rydal, Cumberland, UK.


1947Willa Cather, author of ‘My Antonia‘ was born in Gore, Virginia, USA on 7th December 1875. She died aged 74 in Manhattan, New York, USA.


1878Anna Sewell, author of ‘Black Beauty‘ was born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk on 30th March 1820. She died aged 58 from either hepatitis or tuberculosis in Old Catton, Norfolk, UK.

2020Per Olov Enquist, author of ‘The Visit of the Royal Physician‘, was born in Hjoggböle, Sweden on 23rd September 1924. He died aged 85, after a struggle with cancer in Vaxholm, Sweden.


2022Shirley Nelson, author of The Risk of Returning‘ was born in New Jersey, USA on 12th October 1925. She died aged 96 in Amherst, Massachusetts, USA.


2016Jenny Diski, author of Skating to Antarctic‘ was born in London, UK on 8th July 1947. She died aged 88 in Cambridge, UK.

2022Harold Livingston, author of Touch The Sky‘ was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts, USA on 4th September 1924. She died aged 97 in Westlake Village, California, USA.


2016Chen Zhongshi, author of ‘The Plain of White Deer‘ was born in Xi’an, China on 3rd August 1942. He died aged 73 in Xi’an, Shaanxi, China.


1994Richard Scarry, author of ‘What Do People Do All Day?‘ was born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA on 5th June 1919. He died aged 74 in Gstaad, Switzerland.

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