Authors Who Died in January

Authors who died in January

Discover information about authors who died in January.

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2019Judy Turner (writing as Katie Flynn & Judith Saxton), author of ‘Christmas at Tuppenny Corner‘ was born in Norwich, Norfolk, UK in 1936. She died aged 82 in the UK.

2020Alexander Frater, author of ‘Tales from the Torrid Zone‘ was born in Port Vila, Vanuatu on 3rd January 1937. He died aged 82 several years after suffering a stroke.


1965T.S. Eliot, author of ‘The Waste Land and Other Poems‘ was born in St. Louis, Missouri, USA on 26th September 1888. He died aged 76 from emphysema at his home in Kensington, London, UK.

2016Joseph P Ritz, author of ‘The Despised Poor‘ was born in Chicago, Illinois, USA on 6th November 1929. He died aged 86 in Hamburg, New York, USA.

2020Guy Arnold, author of ‘Africa: A Modern History‘ was born in Birkenhead, Merseyside, UK on 6th May 1932. He died aged 87 in Hammersmith, London, UK.


2017Paul Goble, author of ‘The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses‘ was born in Haslemere, England, UK on 27th September 1933. He died aged 83 from Parkinson’s disease in Rapid City, South Dakota, USA.


2018Tricia Walker, author of ‘Benedict’s Brother‘ was born in Northallerton, North Yorkshire, UK on 8th February 1964. She died aged 53 from a rare and aggressive form of sarcoma in the UK.


2020Walter J. Boyne, author of ‘Fly Past, Fly Present‘ was born in East St. Louis, Illinois, USA on 2nd February 1929. He died aged 90 in Calverton, Maryland, USA.

2020Chukwuemeka Ike, author of ‘Sunset at Dawn‘ was born in Anambra, Nigeria on 28th April 1931. He died aged 88 in Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital Nnewi, Nigeria.


1951Sinclair Lewis (Harry Sinclair Lewis), author of ‘Main Street‘ was born in Sauk Centre, Minnesota, USA on 7th February 1885. He died aged 65 from advanced alcoholism in Rome, Italy. His remains were buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Sauk Centre, Minnesota.


1928Thomas Hardy, author of ‘Far From the Madding Crowd‘ was born in Stinsford, Dorset, UK on 2nd June 1840. He died aged 87 from cardiac syncope in Dorchester, Dorset, UK. His heart is buried with his first wife Emma and his ashes buried in Poets’ Corner, Westminster Abbey.


1976Agatha Christie, author of ‘Murder on the Orient Express‘ was born in Torquay, UK on 15th September 1890. She died aged 85 from natural causes in Winterbrook, Oxfordshire, UK. She is buried at St Mary’s, Cholsey, UK.

2017William Peter Blatty, author of ‘The Exorcist‘ who was born in New York on 7th January 1928. He died aged 89 in hospital from multiple myeloma in Bethesda, Maryland, USA.


1941James Joyce, author of ‘Dubliners‘ was born in Rathgar, Republic of Ireland on 2nd February 1882. He died aged 58 in Zürich, Switzerland after undergoing surgery for a perforated ulcer on the 11th January. The following day he fell into a coma, awoke briefly and asked for his wife, Nora and son, Giorgio, to be called to the hospital. Unfortunately he died before they got there.


1898Charles Lutwidge Dodgson AKA Lewis Carroll, author of ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland‘ was born in Daresbury, Cheshire, UK on 27th January 1832. He died aged 65 from Pneumonia in Guildford, Surrey, UK. He is buried at Mount Cemetery in Guildford, UK.

2017Babette Cole, author of ‘Prince Cinders‘ was born in Jersey on 10th September 1950. She died aged 66 in Devon, UK

2018Samuel Agnew Schreiner Jr, author of ‘The Possessors and the Possessed‘ was born in Mount Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA on 6th June 1921. He died aged 96 at his home in Darien, Connecticut, USA.


2017Vicki Lee Lansky (nee Rogosin), author of ‘Feed Me, I’m Yours‘ was born in Louisville, Kentucky, USA on 6th January 1942. She died aged 75 from cirrhosis in Plymouth, Minnesota, USA.


1945Gilbert Patten, author of ‘Frank Merriwell Series‘ was born in Corinna, Maine, USA on 25th October 1866 (pen name Burt L. Standish). He died in his sleep aged 78 in Vista, California, USA.


2019 – Sam Savage, author of ‘The Way of the Dog‘ was born in Camden, South Carolina, USA on 9th November 1940. He died aged 78 in Madison, Wisconsin, USA.

2019Mary Oliver, author of ‘Wild Geese‘ was born in Maple Heights, Ohio, USA on 10th September 1935. She died aged 83 from lymphoma in Hobe Sound, Florida, USA.


1936Rudyard Kipling, author of ‘Plain Tales from the Hills‘ was born in Mumbai, India on 30th December 1965. He died aged 70 from perforated duodenal ulcerin London, UK. His ashes were interred at Poets’ Corner, Westminster Abbey.

2018Nancy Richler, author of ‘Throwaway Angels‘ was born in Montreal, Canada on 16th May 1967. She died of cancer aged 60 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.


2017Hilary Bailey, author of ‘Frankenstein’s Bride‘ was born in the UK on 19th September 1936. She died aged 79 in London, UK.


2017Harry J. Middleton, author of ‘Lady Bird Johnson: A Life Well Lived‘ was born in Centerville, Iowa, USA on 24th October 1921. He died aged 95 in Austin, Texas, USA.

2020Steph Bowe, author of ‘Night Swimming‘ was born in Melbourne, Australia. She died aged 25 from T-lymphoblastic lymphoma in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.


1950George Orwell, author of ‘1984‘ was born in Motihari, India on 25th June 1903. He died aged 46 in London, UK. He was diagnosed with tuberculosis in 1947 and died from a burst artery in his lungs.

2017Emma Tennant, (also known as Catherine Aydy) author of ‘Sisters and Strangers‘ was born in London, UK on 20th October 1937. She died from posterior cortical atrophy, a form of Alzheimer’s disease aged 79 in London, UK.

2020Paul Addison, author of ‘The Road to 1945‘ was born in Whittington, England, UK on 3rd May 1943. He died 76 in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.


2017Douglas Edward Reeman, author of ‘The Destroyers‘ was born in Thames Ditton, UK on 15th October 1924. He died aged 92 in Cobham, Surrey, UK.


2018Jack Ketchum, author of ‘Road Kill‘ was born in Livingston, New Jersey, USA on 10th November 1946. He died of cancer aged 71 in New York City, New York, USA.


2017Charles Reis Felix, author of ‘Crossing the Sauer‘ was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA on 29th April 1923. He died aged 93 in Palo Alto, California, USA.

2017Harry Matthews, author of ‘The Solitary Twin‘ was born in New York City, New York, USA on 14th February 1930. He died from natural causes aged 86 in Key West, Florida, USA.


2010Jerome David (J.D.) Salinger, author of ‘The Catcher in the Rye‘ was born in Manhattan, New York, USA on 1st January 1919. He died aged 91 from natural causes at his home in Cornish, New Hampshire, USA.


2016Albert Low, author of ‘The Iron Cow of Zen‘ was born in London, UK on 16th December 1928. He died aged 87 in Montreal, Canada.

2017Howard Frank Mosher, author of ‘Northern Boarders‘ was born in the Catskill Mountains, New York USA on 15th June 1942. He died aged 74 in Irasburg, Vermont, USA.

2019Jan Wahl, author of ‘Mrs. Owl and Mr. Pig‘ was born in Columbus, Ohio, USA on 1st April 1931. He died aged 87 in Toledo, Ohio, USA.


2007Sidney Sheldon (Sidney Schechtel), author of ‘Master of the Game‘ was born in Chicago, Illinois on 11th February 1917. He died aged 89 from pneumonia at Eisenhower Medical Center, Rancho Mirage, California, USA.

2017Dore Ashton, author of ‘Noguchi East and West‘ was born in Newark, New Jersey, USA on 21st May 1928. She died aged 88 in the Bronx, New York City, New York, USA.


1956A.A. Milne, author of ‘Winnie-the-Pooh‘ was born in Hampstead, London, UK on 18th January 1882. He died aged 74 at his home in Hartfield, East Sussex, UK.

2020Mary Higgins Clark, author of ‘As Time Goes By‘ was born in The Bronx, New York, USA on 24th December 1927. He died in Naples, Florida, USA.


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