Authors Who Died in May

Authors Who Died in May

Discover information about authors that died in May.

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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