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Restored Novel by Late Author a 'Profound Critique of Racism'

Richard Wright's 'The Man Who Lived Underground' is already a bestseller

(Newser) - More than 60 years after his death, Richard Wright is again a bestselling author, and very much in line with the present. The Man Who Lived Underground, a short novel written in the 1940s and never published in full until this spring, is the surreal but credible story of Fred...

Writer Who Captured the 'American Experience' Dead at 84

Larry McMurtry won Pulitzer for 'Lonesome Dove,' Oscar for 'Brokeback Mountain' screenplay

(Newser) - He was a novelist, screenwriter, and nonfiction author, known for several books that ended up adapted for the big screen. Larry McMurtry, described by the Los Angeles Times as "one of the most acclaimed writers of the American experience," died at the age of 84 on Thursday at...

'Immersive Historical Saga' Coming Soon From Fergie

Romance novel based on Sarah Ferguson's ancestor will be published by Mills & Boon

(Newser) - An "immersive historical saga" with a lovestruck heroine is on its way to readers, and though the author is a rookie at writing romance novels—or any novels, for that matter—it's a name you'll recognize. Sky News reports the Duchess of York herself, Sarah Ferguson, has...

Bestselling Novelist Eric Jerome Dickey Dead at 59

He died from cancer on Sunday

(Newser) - Eric Jerome Dickey, the bestselling novelist who blended crime, romance, and eroticism in Sister, Sister; Waking With Enemies; and dozens of other stories about contemporary Black life, has died at age 59. Dickey's publicist at Penguin Random House told the AP that the author died of cancer Sunday in...

John Le Carre Dead at 89
'We Will Not See His Like Again'
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'We Will Not See His Like Again'

John Le Carré has died at age 89

(Newser) - John Le Carré, perhaps the greatest living spy novelist, died Saturday in England. The 89-year-old lost his life to pneumonia, his family said. Le Carré was "an undisputed giant of English literature," his longtime agent told the Guardian . "He defined the Cold War era and fearlessly spoke...

Meet Anthony Fauci, 1991 Romance Novel Hero

Doctor was 'a little embarrassed' that Sally Quinn based hero of 'Happy Endings' on him

(Newser) - Anthony Fauci is literally the stuff romance novels are made of. The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases was the inspiration for the erotic hero in Sally Quinn’s 1991 novel Happy Endings, in which widowed First Lady Sadie Grey falls for a sandy-haired NIH scientist...

Mary Higgins Clark Sold Millions of Page-Turners

Suspense novelist, 92, wanted readers to not be able to put her books down

(Newser) - Mary Higgins Clark, the tireless and long-reigning "Queen of Suspense" whose tales of women beating the odds made her one of the world's most popular writers, died Friday at age 92. Her publisher, Simon & Schuster, announced that she died of natural causes in Naples, Florida, the AP...

She Helped Invent the Modern Romance Novel
Romance
'Came Out
of Me,' She
Said. Now
She's Gone
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Romance 'Came Out of Me,' She Said. Now She's Gone

Johanna Lindsey died this year at age 67

(Newser) - One of the world's best-loved romance writers is gone. Johanna Lindsey—whose pirates, aristocrats, and brave heroines sold at least 60 million copies—died earlier this year with stage 4 lung cancer, the New York Times reports. She was only 67. "Since I was old enough to appreciate...

Students React to Writer's Talk by Burning Her Book

Jennine Capó Crucet was speaking out against white privilege

(Newser) - A visiting novelist at Georgia Southern University inspired such debate Wednesday that some students set her book on fire, BuzzFeed reports. Jennine Capó Crucet told a student audience about her novel, Make Your Home Among Strangers, which depicts a Cuban American girl trying to fit in with a privileged, mostly...

Steamy Romance Novelist Judith Krantz Dies
Judith Krantz Dies at 91
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Judith Krantz Dies at 91

Steamy romance novelist didn't start writing until she was 50

(Newser) - Writer Judith Krantz, whose million-selling novels such as Scruples and Princess Daisy engrossed readers worldwide with their steamy tales of the rich and beautiful, died Saturday at her Bel-Air home. She was 91. Krantz's son Tony Krantz, a TV executive, confirmed her death by natural causes on Sunday afternoon....

Jewish-American Fiction's 'Jackie Robinson' Is Dead

Herman Wouk was known for his lengthy historical novels

(Newser) - Herman Wouk, who regaled millions with his bestselling novels about World War II and the Holocaust, died on Friday at his California home. He was 103, NPR reports. The author of sweeping historical novels like The Winds of War and War and Remembrance—as well as the Pulitzer-Prize winning The ...

Novelist's Insane Poisoning Tale Isn't From Her Books

Sherrilyn Kenyon describes broken bones, shattered teeth in lawsuit against her husband

(Newser) - You'd be forgiven for assuming Sherrilyn Kenyon's tale about a conspiracy and poisoning comes from one of the fantasy author's best-selling novels. It instead makes up a lawsuit brought by Kenyon against her husband, whom she accuses of conspiring with his assistant to poison her over three...

Romance Novelist Accused of Murdering Her Husband

Author Nancy Brophy allegedly shot her chef husband in Oregon

(Newser) - A romance novelist might've been better suited to the crime genre, according to Oregon authorities who accuse Nancy Crampton-Brophy of killing her chef husband. The 68-year-old, who writes under the name Nancy Brophy, was arraigned on charges of murder and unlawful use of a weapon Thursday, three months after...

Nobel-Winning Author Who Tackled Colonialism Dead at 85

VS Naipaul divided readers with his stories of Caribbean and African peoples

(Newser) - The family of Trinidad-born British author VS Naipaul says the Nobel Literature laureate has died at the age of 85, the AP reports. The family said in a statement late Saturday that the novelist had died at his London home. The writer's wife, Nadira Naipaul, said he "died...

Author Tom Wolfe Dead at 87
Author Tom Wolfe Dead at 88
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Author Tom Wolfe Dead at 88

He wrote 'Bonfire of the Vanities,' 'The Right Stuff,' was pioneer of New Journalism

(Newser) - Tom Wolfe, author of works including The Right Stuff, the Bonfire of the Vanities, and A Man in Full has died in Manhattan at age 88, reports the New York Times . The cause of death was unclear, but Wolfe had been recently hospitalized for an infection. In addition to his...

Acclaimed Fantasy Author Ursula K. Le Guin Dead at 88
She Blended Science Fiction
With Feminism
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She Blended Science Fiction With Feminism

Novelist Ursula K. Le Guin Dead at 88

(Newser) - Author Ursula K. Le Guin, known best for her "Earthsea" series of fantasy novels, has died at age 88. Le Guin died Monday, her agent confirmed to NPR . Le Guin "brought literary depth and a tough-minded feminist sensibility to science fiction and fantasy," the New York Times...

Novelist's Plea in Court Ends 15-Year Murder Case

Alford plea lets Mike Peterson, accused of killing wife, claim innocence but plead guilty

(Newser) - Theories surrounding the 2001 death of Kathleen Peterson range from the accidental (a fall down the stairs) to the horrifying (killed by home intruders) to the bizarre (an owl attack). But the one that took center stage Friday in Durham, NC, focused on her husband, novelist Mike Peterson, who filed...

William Peter Blatty, Exorcist Author, Dead at 89
William Peter Blatty, Exorcist
Author, Dead at 89
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William Peter Blatty, Exorcist Author, Dead at 89

He did everything from drive a beer truck to sell vacuums before he hit it big

(Newser) - Novelist and filmmaker William Peter Blatty, who conjured a tale of demonic possession and gave millions the fright of their lives with the best-selling novel and Oscar-winning movie The Exorcist, has died at the age of 89, the AP reports. Blatty died Thursday at a hospital in Bethesda, Md., of...

Modern Literary Mystery May Be Solved

Italian journalist thinks he knows who the real Elena Ferrante is

(Newser) - It's what the New York Times calls "one of the most intriguing literary mysteries in recent history." But now Elena Ferrante, author of several best-selling novels who has lived under that pseudonym since the early 1990s, appears to have been unmasked by Italian journalist Claudio Gatti. In...

His Zombie Books Were a Hit, but Now His Publisher Is Suing

Hachette claims Seth Grahame-Smith's follow-up novel isn't up to snuff

(Newser) - When Seth Grahame-Smith published the hit novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies with Hachette Book Group in 2009, which sold more than 2 million copies and was translated into more than 20 languages, he was largely credited with "unleashing" zombie mashups on the world, as the Guardian reports. But...

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