Tobias Smollett (1721-1771)

Death: 17th September 1771
Location: Cimitero inglese di via Verdi / Old English Cemetery, Livorno, Tuscany, Italy
Photo taken by: Etienne (Li)

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Scottish poet and author. He was best known for his picaresque novels, such as The Adventures of Roderick Random (1748) and The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle (1751), which influenced later novelists such as Charles Dickens.


Robert Penn Warren (1905-1989)

Death: 15th September 1989
Location: Willis Cemetery, Stratton, Windham County, Vermont, United States
Cause of death: Bone Cancer

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American poet, novelist, and literary critic and was one of the founders of New Criticism. He received the 1947 Pulitzer Prize for the Novel for All the King's Men (1946) and the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1958 and 1979. He is the only person to have won Pulitzer Prizes for both fiction and poetry.

Alexandra David-Néel (1868-1969)

Death: 8th September 1969
Location: Cremated, ashes dispersed in the Ganges at Varanasi, India

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Belgian-French explorer and writer best known for her visit to Tibet, in 1924, when it was forbidden to foreigners. David-Néel wrote over 30 books about Eastern religion, philosophy, and her travels. Her teachings influenced beat writers Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, and philosopher Alan Watts.

Karen Blixen / Isak Dinesen (1885-1962)

Death: 7th September 1962
Location: Rungstedlund (Blixen Estate), Rungsted, Hovedstaden Region, Denmark
Cause of death: Malnutrition
Photo taken by: Maukie

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Danish author also known by her pen name Isak Dinesen.

Blixen is best known for Out of Africa (1937), her account of living in Kenya, and one of her stories, Babette's Feast, both of which have been adapted into highly acclaimed, Academy Award-winning motion pictures. Prior to the release of the first film she was best known for her Seven Gothic Tales
Peter Englund, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, described it as "a mistake" that Blixen was not awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature during the 1930s. She never did win, though she finished in third place behind Graham Greene in 1961, the year Ivo Andrić was awarded the prize. In 2012 the Nobel records were opened after 50 years and it was revealed that Blixen was among a shortlist of authors considered for the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature, along with John Steinbeck (winner), Robert Graves, Lawrence Durrell and Jean Anouilh. Blixen however rendered herself ineligible by dying in September.

Kyōka Izumi (1873-1939)

Death: 7th September 1939
Location: Zōshigaya Reien, Tokyo, Toshima, Kantō, Japan
Cause of death: Lung Cancer
Photo taken by: Keisetsu

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Japanese author of novels, short stories, and kabuki plays who was active during the prewar period. He is best known for a characteristic brand of Romanticism preferring tales of the supernatural heavily influenced by works of the earlier Edo period in Japanese arts and letters. He is considered one of the supreme stylists in modern Japanese literature, and the difficulty and richness of his prose has been frequently noted by fellow authors and critics. The Izumi Kyōka Prize for Literature is a literary award established by the city of Kanazawa, first awarded in 1973 on the hundredth anniversary of Kyōka's birth.