Writers who have recently died:

Swedish writer Börge Hellström died on 17th February aged 59; he was best known as one half of the writing duo Roslund & Hellström...Dutch author and illustrator Dick Bruna died on 16th February aged 98; he is best known for his children's books, his most notable creation is Miffy (Nijntje in the original Dutch)...English-Irish poet Tom Raworth died on 8th February aged 78, he was a key figure in the British Poetry Revival....Canadian novelist Richard B. Wright died on 7th February aged 79, he is best known for his award winning novel Clara Callan (2001)...American poet Thomas Lux died on 5th February aged 70...Pakistani novelist Bano Qudsia died on 4th February aged 88, her best known work is Raja Gidh (1981)...Albanian poet and writer Dritëro Agolli died on 3rd February aged 85...African-American novelist William Melvin Kelley died on 1st February aged 79; he is best known for his debut novel, A Different Drummer, published in 1962...Nigerian novelist Buchi Emecheta died on 25th January aged 72, her best known novels include The Bride Price (1976) and The Joys of Motherhood (1979)...British author Douglas Reeman / Alexander Kent died on 23rd January aged 92 he wrote historical fiction about the Royal Navy, mainly set during either World War II or the Napoleonic Wars....Award winning Dutch writer and poet Robert Anker died on 20th January aged 70...Jamaican novelist Peter Abrahams died on 18th January aged 97...South Korean novelist Jung Mikyung died 18th January aged 56...English children's author and illustrator Babette Cole died on 15th January aged 66; her books include Princess Smartypants (1986) and Prince Cinders (1987)...Italian author Giulio Angioni died on 12th January aged 77...American author of The Exorcist (1971), William Peter Blatty, died on 12th January aged 89...

Brendan Behan (1923-1964)

Death: 20th March 1964
Location: Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin, Ireland
Cause of death: Diabetes
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Irish playwright, novelist and poet who was one of the most successful Irish dramatists of the 20th Century. He joined the youth wing of the IRA in 1937; having his first poems and writing published in the organisations magazine. In 1939 Behan was arrested in possession of explosives in Liverpool, he was sentenced to three years in Borstal and after returning to Ireland in 1941 he was tried for the attempted murder of two detectives and sentenced to fourteen years. He was released in 1946 as part of an amnesty. His time in prison was pivotal in his career in writer, it was whilst imprisoned that he wrote his first play, and by the 50's he was earning his living as a writer. Behan had difficulty dealing with the fame that his writing brought, he had always been a heavy drinker and died aged 41 after refusing to stop drinking after developing diabetes.

Stephen Vincent Benét (1898-1943)

Death:  13th March 1943
Location: Stonington Cemetery, Stonington, New London County, Connecticut, United States
Cause of death: Heart Failure

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American poet and author who is best remembered for his narrative poem John Brown’s Body which won him a Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1929. He also received an O.Henry award for his short story The Devil and Daniel Webster.  He received a posthumous Pulitzer Prize in 1944 for Western Star. His brother, William Rose Benét, was also a poet.

Ivo Andrić (1892-1975)

Death: 13th March 1975
Location: Novo Groblje (New Cemetery), Belgrade, Serbia
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Yugoslav novelist, poet and short story writer who was awarded the 1961 Nobel Prize in Literature. His writings dealt mainly with life in his native Bosnia under Ottoman rule.  His best known work is Na Drini ćuprija / The Bridge on the Drina. It is a historical novel that revolves around the Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge in Višegrad, which spans the Drina River and stands as a silent witness to history from its construction by the Ottomans in the mid-16th century until its partial destruction during World War I. The story spans about four centuries and covers the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian occupations of the region, with a particular emphasis on the lives, destinies and relations of the local inhabitants, especially Serbs and Bosnian Muslims. 

Zachris Topelius (1818-1898)

Death: 12th March 1898 
Location: Hietaniemi Cemetery, Helsinki, Uusimaa, Finland
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Swedish-speaking Finnish author, journalist and historian who wrote novels related to Finnish history in Swedish. 
The earliest of his historical romances was The Duchess of Finland, published in 1850. His most popular work is his Tales of a Barber-Surgeon; the five volumes of this work appeared at intervals between 1853 and 1867.

Laurence Binyon (1869-1943)

Death: 10th March 1943
Location: St. Mary's Church, Aldworth, Berkshire. Slate memorial where his ashes were scattered
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English poet, dramatist, and art scholar.  His most famous work, For the Fallen, is well known for being recited at Remembrance Sunday services in the United Kingdom, and an integral part of Anzac Day services in Australia and New Zealand, and November 11th Remembrance Day services in Canada.  On November 11th, 1985, Binyon was among 16 Great War poets commemorated on a slate stone unveiled in Westminster Abbey's Poet's Corner. The inscription on the stone was written by a fellow Great War poet, Wilfred Owen. It reads: "My subject is War, and the pity of War. The Poetry is in the pity."

Sherwood Anderson (1876-1941)

Death: 8th March 1941
Location: Round Hill Cemetery, Marion, Smyth County, Virginia, United States
Cause of death: Peritonitis

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American novelist and short story writer. Born in Ohio, he had a poor education as he started working at an early age to support his family. After serving in the Army during the Spanish-American war he moved to Chicago, where he started working in advertising. He published his first novel, Windy Mcpherson's Son, in 1916 and in 1919 his best known work, Winesburg, Ohio, was published. Anderson died of peritonitis which was caused as a result of swallowing a toothpick.

Adolfo Bioy Casares (1914-1999)

Death: 8th March 1999
Location: La Recoleta Cemetery, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Argentine fiction writer. He was awarded the Premio Miguel de Cervantes in 1990. He was a friend and frequent collaborator of Jorge Luis Borges and wrote many stories with him under the pseudonym of H. Bustos Domecq.
His best known novel is La invención de Morel / The Invention of Morel. It is the story of a man who, evading justice, escapes to an island said to be infected with a mysterious fatal disease. Struggling to understand why everything seems to repeat, he realizes that all the people he sees there are actually recordings, made with a special machine, invented by Morel, which is able to record not only three-dimensional images, but also voices and scents, making it all undistinguishable from reality. The story mixes realism, fantasy, science fiction and terror.
He was married to the Argentine poet Silvina Ocampo and he was buried in the tomb of her family.