Writers who have recently died:

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...Serbian author and poet Jovanka Nikolić died on 8th January aged 64...Turkish playwright Refik Erduran died on 7th January aged 88...Argentine author Ricardo Piglia died 6th January aged 76...Paul Goble, American illustrator and writer of children's books, died 5th January aged 83...French Journalist and novelist René Ballet died 2nd January aged 88...English Booker Prize winning novelist and Art Critic John Berger died 2nd January aged 90...Nepalese writer Kamal Mani Dixit died on 29th December aged 87...Irish poet and novelist Anthony Cronin died on 28th December aged 93...

Silvina Ocampo (1903-1993)

Death:  14th December 1993
Location:  Cementerio de la Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal, Argentina
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Argentine poet and short-fiction writer who was married to Adolfo Bioy Casares.  Ocampo began as a writer with the book of short stories Viaje olvidado in 1937, and followed up with three books of poetry, Enumeración de la patriaEspacios métricos and Los sonetos del jardín.

Marie Corelli (1855-1924)

Death: 21st April 1924
Location: Evesham Road Cemetery, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England
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British novelist who enjoyed great success from the publication of her first novel in 1886 until World War I.

Rafael Alberti (1902-1999)

Death: 28th October 1999
Location: Cremated, ashes scattered over the Bay of Cádiz, Andalusia, Spain
Cause of death: Lung ailment
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Spanish poet and member of the Generation of ’27. He is considered one of the greatest literary figures of the Silver Age of Spanish Literature and won many prizes and awards. He went into exile after the Spanish Civil War, due to his Marxist beliefs, but he returned to Spain following the death of Franco. In 1983, he was awarded the Premio Cervantes, the Spanish literary world’s highest honour.

Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679)

Death:  4th December 1679
Location:  St. John the Baptist Church, Ault Hucknall, Derbyshire, England.
Cause of death:  Stroke

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English philosopher, best known today for his work on political philosophy. His 1651 book Leviathan established the foundation for most of Western political philosophy from the perspective of social contract theory.  In Leviathan, Hobbes set out his doctrine of the foundation of states and legitimate governments – originating social contract theory.

Bella Akhmadulina (Бе́лла Ахмаду́лина) (1937-2010)

Death: 29th November 2010
Location: Novodevichy Cemetery, Moscow, Russia
Cause of death: Heart disease
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Soviet and Russian poet, short story writer and translator. She was part of the Russian New Wave literary movement and was cited by Joseph Brodsky as the best living poet in the Russian language.