Authors Who Died in May

Authors Who Died in May

Discover information about authors that died in May.

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2nd May 2015 – Ruth Rendell (née Grasemann), author of ‘The Girl Next Door‘ was born in South Woodford, London, UK to on 17th February 1930. She died aged 85 in London, UK.

6th May 1919 – L. 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.

8th May 2012 – Maurice 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.

10th May 2016 – Sally 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.

10th May 2016 – Nicholas Fisk, author of ‘Space Hostages‘ in London, UK on 14th October 1923. He died aged 92 in England, UK.

11th May 2016 – Katherine Dunn, author of ‘Geek Love‘ in Garden City, Kansas, USA on 24th October 1945. She died aged 70 in Portland, Oregon, USA.

11th May 2001 – Douglas 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.

21st May 2000 – Dame 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.

22nd May 1967 – Langston 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.

22nd May 2018 – Philip 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.

28th May 2014 – Maya 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.

28th May 1849 – Anne Brontë, author ‘Agnes Grey‘ was born in Thornton, West Yorkshire, UK on 17th January 1820. She died aged 29 in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, UK.

Have a read about the authors who died in other months – List of Months.


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