Authors Who Died in December

Authors Who Died in December

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2022Dominique Lapierre, author of ‘The City of Joy’ was born in Châtelaillon, Charente-Maritime, France on 30th July 1931. He died aged 91 in Saint-Tropez, France.


2021Alison Lurie, author of ‘Imaginary Friends’ was born in Chicago, Illinois, USA on 3rd September 1926. She died aged 94 in Ithaca, New York, USA.


2021Anne Rice, author of ‘The Vampire Chronicles‘ who was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA on 4th October 1941. She died aged 80 from complications of a stroke in Rancho Mirage, California, USA.


1999Joseph Heller, author of ‘Something Happened‘ who was born in Coney Island, New York City, New York, USA on 1st May 1923. He died aged 76 from Heart Failure in East Hampton, New York, USA.

2020John le Carré, author of ‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy‘ who was born in Poole, Dorset, UK on 19th October 1931. He died aged 89 in Truro, Cornwall, UK.


2021Bell Hooks, author of ‘Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center‘ who was born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, USA on 25th September 1952. She died aged 69 from Kidney Failure in Berea, Kentucky, USA.


1998William Gaddis, author of ‘Carpenter’s Gothic‘ who was born in New York City, New York, USA on 29th December 1975. He died aged 75 in East Hampton, New York, USA.

2022Sue Hardesty, author of ‘The Truck Comes on Thursday‘ who was born in Buckeye, Arizona, USA on 11th July 1933. She died aged 89 in Newport, Oregon, USA.


1957Dorothy L Sayers, author of ‘The Nine Tailors‘ who was born in Oxford, London, UK on 13th June 1893. She died aged 64 in Witham, Essex, UK.


1848Emily Brontë, author of ‘Wuthering Heights‘ who was born in Thornton, West Yorkshire, UK on 30th July 1818. She died aged 30 in Haworth, West Yorkshire, UK.


1968John Steinbeck, author of ‘East of Eden‘ who was born in Salinas, California, USA on 27th February 1902. He died aged 66 from heart disease and congestive heart failure in New York City, New York, USA.


1940F. Scott Fitzgerald, author of ‘The Great Gatsby‘ who was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA on 24th September 1896. He died aged 44 in Hollywood, California, USA.


1880George Eliot, author of ‘Middlemarch‘ who was born in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, UK on 22nd November 1819. She died aged 61 in Chelsea, London, UK.

1943Beatrix Potter, author of ‘Peter Rabbit‘ who was born in Kensington, London, UK, on 28th July 1866. She died aged 77 in Near and Far Sawrey, Cumbria, UK.


2021Joan Didion, author of ‘Run, River‘ who was born in Sacramento, California, USA, on 5th December 1934. She died aged 87 from complications of Parkinson’s disease in Manhattan, New York, USA.


2019Marion Chesney, author of ‘Death of a Gossip‘ who was born in Glasgow, Scotland, on 10th June 1936. She died aged 83 in Gloucester, England, UK.

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