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Celebrity Deaths in Literature

  • Herman Wouk, 103 (1915 - 2019)

    Herman Wouk

    Herman Wouk, who wrote the classic novel, "The Caine Mutiny," died at the age of 103, only 10 days before his 104th birthday. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

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  • Vonda McIntyre, 70 (1948 - 2019)

    Vonda McIntyre

    Vonda McIntyre was an award-winning science-fiction author most widely known for her Star Trek novels, including novelizations of the movies "The Wrath of Khan," "The Search for Spock" and "The Voyage Home." Notably, she was responsible for giving George Takei's character Mr. Sulu the full name of Hikaru Sulu. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

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  • W.S. Merwin, 91 (1927 - 2019)

    W.S. Merwin

    W.S. Merwin was one of America's best known poets, winner of two Pulitzer Prizes and a National Book Award. He served as United States poet laureate from 2010 – 2011. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

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  • Betty Ballantine, 99 (1919 - 2019)

    Betty Ballantine

    Betty Ballantine and her husband Ian helped invent the modern paperback through their Bantam and Ballantine books. Paperbacks in America were not popular until the Ballantines improved the quality of the product and offered better titles. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

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  • Heidi Toffler, 89 (2019)

    Heidi Toffler

    Heidi Toffler played an integral part in the creation of pioneering futurist books with her husband, Alvin. The researcher and editor worked with Alvin on the pioneering "Future Shock," and the books that followed. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

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