János Arany (1817-1882)

Death: 22nd October 1882
Location: Kerepesi temető / Kerepesi Cemetery, Budapest, Central Hungary, Hungary
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Hungarian journalist, poet and translator who is often refered to as the ‘Shakespeare of ballads’. He wrote over 40 ballads which have been translated into over 50 languages. His best known work is the epic poem The Toldi Trilogy which was inspired by the legendary Miklós Toldi, who served in the army of Hungarian King Louis the Great in the 14th century.

Alan Coren (1938-2007)

Death: 18th October 2007
Location: Hampstead Cemetery, West Hampstead, London, England
Cause of death:  Cancer


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English humorist, satirist, broadcaster and journalist. Coren published about twenty books during his life, many of which were collections of his newspaper columns. He also wrote the Arthur series of children’s books.

Florence Kate Upton (1873–1922)

Death: 16th October 1922
Location: Hampstead Cemetery, Hampstead, London, England
Cause of death: Complications following surgery.

American-born English cartoonist and children’s author most famous for her Golliwogg series of children's stories. Her first book The Adventures of Two Dutch Dolls and a Golliwogg was published in 1895. In total thirteen Golliwogg adventures were published, the last in 1909.
Florence did not patent the character and many toy companies took advantage of the popularity of the books and manufactured the doll, while other writers and illustrators took equal advantage, many changing the nature of the series. Enid Blyton chose to depict golliwogs in a number of her stories as rude and untrustworthy or stupid. The name "golliwog" came to be used as a degrading term for anyone who wasn't white-skinned. Florence Upton despaired, ‘I am frightened when I read the fearsome etymology some deep, dark minds can see in his name.’

Balys Sruoga (1896-1947)

 
Death: 16th October 1947
Location: Rasos Cemetery (Rasų kapinės), Vilnius, Vilnius County, Lithuania
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Lithuanian poet, playwright, critic and literary theorist. His best known work is the novel Dievų miškas / Forest of the Gods, based on his own life experiences as a prisoner in Nazi concentration camps, where he was sent in March 1943 together with forty-seven other Lithuanian intellectuals. 
In The Forest of Gods he revealed life in a concentration camp through the eyes of a man whose only way to save his life and maintain his dignity was to view everything through a veil of irony and humor, where torturers and their victims are exposed as imperfect human beings, being far removed from the false ideals of their political leaders.  Originally the novel was forbidden to be published by Soviet officials; it was ultimately published in 1957, ten years after the author's death.

Marcel Aymé (1902-1967)

Death: 14th October 1967
Location: Cimetière Saint-Vincent, Montmartre, Paris, Île-de-France, France
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French novelist, children’s author, screenwriter and playwright. His 1929 novel La Table aux crevés won the Prix Renaudot
One of his most famous works is the short story Le Passe-Muraille / The Man Who Walked through Walls. The main character, Dutilleul, suddenly discovers, at the age of 42, that he is able to pass through walls. What begins as a novelty that gives him pleasure, ends up pushing Dutilleul toward more sinister pursuits.