Authors Who Died in May

Authors Who Died in May

Discover information about authors that died in May.

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2022Jim Murphy, author of ‘The Long Road to Gettysburg‘ was born in Newark, New Jersey, USA on 25th September 1947. He died aged 74 in Woodstock, New York, USA.


2015Ruth Rendell, author of ‘The Girl Next Door‘ was born in South Woodford, London, UK on 17th February 1930. She died aged 85 in London, UK.

2023Gabrielle Carey, author of ‘Puberty Blues‘ was born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on 10th January 1959. She died aged 64 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.


2023Iain Johnstone, author of ‘Pirates of the Mediterranean‘ was born in Reading, Berkshire, UK on 8th April 1943. He died aged 80.


1919L. Frank Baum, author of ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz‘ was born in Syracuse, New York, USA on 15th May 1856. He died aged 62 in Los Angeles, California, USA.


2023Aase Foss Abrahamsen, author of ‘Ikke deg denne gang‘ was born in Drammen, Norway on 27th August 1930. She died aged 92 in Bærum, Norway.


2012Maurice Sendak, author of ‘Where the Wild Things Are‘ was born in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA on 10th June 1928. He died aged 83 in Danbury, Connecticut, USA.


2016Sally Brampton, author of ‘Love, Always‘ was born in Brunei on 15th July 1955. She died aged 60 in St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex, UK.

2016Nicholas Fisk, author of ‘Space Hostages‘ was born in London, UK on 14th October 1923. He died aged 92 in England, UK.

2023Rosemary Crossley, author of ‘Annie’s Coming Out‘ was born in Horsham, Victoria, Australia on 6th May 1945. She died aged 78 in Parkville, Victoria, Australia.


2001Douglas Adams, author of ‘The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy‘ was born in Cambridge, UK on 11th March 1952. He died from a heart attack aged 49 in Santa Barbara, California, USA.

2016Katherine Dunn, author of ‘Geek Love‘ was born in Garden City, Kansas, USA on 24th October 1945. She died aged 70 in Portland, Oregon, USA.


2023Inger Sandberg, author of ‘Little Anna and the Tall Uncle‘ was born in Karlstad, Sweden on 2nd August 1930. She died aged 92 in Karlstad, Sweden.


2023Martin Amis, author of ‘Yellow Dog‘ was born in Oxford, UK on 25th August 19489 He died from oesophageal cancer aged 73 in Florida, USA.


2000Dame Barbara Cartland, author of ‘The Golden Cage‘ was born in Edgbaston, Birmingham, UK on 9th July 1901. She died aged 98 in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, UK.


1967Langston Hughes, author of ‘The Weary Blues‘ was born in Joplin, Missouri, USA on 1st February 1967. He died aged 65 in New York City, New York, USA, after complications with abdominal surgery related to his prostate cancer.

2018Philip Roth, author of ‘American Pastoral‘ was born in Newark, New Jersey, USA on 19th March 1933. He died aged 85 from congestive heart failure in Manhattan, New York, USA. He is buried at the Bard College Cemetery in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, USA.


2021Eric Carle, author of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar‘ was born in Syracuse, New York, USA on 25th June 1929. He died from kidney failure aged 91 in Northampton, Massachusetts, USA.

2022Maja Lidia Kossakowska, author of ‘Siewca Wiatru‘ was born in Warsaw, Poland on 27th February 1972. She died after a house fire aged 50 in Stare Załubice, Masovian Voivodeship, Poland.

2023John Dunning, author of ‘Booked to Die‘ was born in Brooklyn, New York, USA on 9th January 1942. He died aged 81, following a long battle with dementia, stemming from a brain tumour.


1849Anne Brontë, author ‘Agnes Grey‘ was born in Thornton, West Yorkshire, UK on 17th January 1820. She died aged 29 in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, UK.

2014Maya Angelou, author of ‘And Still I Rise‘ was born in St. Louis, Missouri, USA on 4th April 1928. She died aged 86 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA.

2022Walter Abish, author of ‘Eclipse Fever‘ was born in Vienna, Austria on 24th December 1931. He died aged 90 in Manhattan, New York, USA.


2023Ama Ata Aidoo, author of ‘Changes: A Love Story‘ was born in Abeadzi Kyiakor, Gold Coast (now Ghana) on 23rd March 1942. She died aged 81 in Ghana.

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