Here is a listing of writers who passed away during 2016.
Richard Adams was a British novelist best known for Watership Down, a novel that developed from stories that
would tell his daughters when they were children. He wrote in the fantasy
genre, for both adults and children; his novels often were told from the
perspective of animals. Some of his other works include Shardik and The Plague Dogs.
Pat Conroy wrote novels about life in the southern
States. His fiction included Beach Music, The Great Santini, and The Prince of Tides. He also wrote the
memoir My Losing Season, about how
basketball influenced his life, and A
Lowcountry Life: Reflections on a Writing Life, a collection of his
letters, interviews, and magazine articles.
Umberto Eco was an Italian novelist, literary critic, and university professor. His most famous works were the novels The Name of the Rose, Foucault’s Pendulum, and The
Island of the Day Before. He also wrote academic
textbooks, children’s books, and essays.
Carrie Fisher, an actress whose most recognized film role was that of Princess Leia in the Star Wars series also was the author of several books, including Postcards from the Edge, Wishful Drinking, and most recently The Princess Diarist. She also worked as a “script doctor” in the film industry.
W.P. Kinsella was a Canadian novelist and short story writer whose most famous work was the novel Shoeless Joe, on which the film Field of Dreams was based. His other written works mainly dealt with two separate themes: baseball and life on the Canadian Indian reservations.
Harper Lee was an American novelist best known for the book To Kill a Mockingbird, a classic about attitudes about race and class held by members of society in the 1930s
Deep South. It has
been read by generations of American students. Lee never published another work
until 2015 when a manuscript written earlier was discovered and published as Go Set a Watchman.
Gloria Naylor was an American writer born in
New York City.
She obtained a Master’s degree in African American literature at .
Her first novel, The Women of Brewster
Place, won a 1983 National Book Award. Naylor also worked as a professor of
writing and African American literature at several universities. Yale University
Elie Wiesel was a Romanian-born American Jewish writer, coming to the
States as a Holocaust survivor. As well as
writing 57 books, Wiesel was a professor, political activist and Nobel
Laureate. His most famous book was Night,
an account of his experiences as a prisoner of the Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps.