Writers who have recently died:

Swedish writer Börge Hellström died on 17th February aged 59; he was best known as one half of the writing duo Roslund & Hellström...Dutch author and illustrator Dick Bruna died on 16th February aged 98; he is best known for his children's books, his most notable creation is Miffy (Nijntje in the original Dutch)...English-Irish poet Tom Raworth died on 8th February aged 78, he was a key figure in the British Poetry Revival....Canadian novelist Richard B. Wright died on 7th February aged 79, he is best known for his award winning novel Clara Callan (2001)...American poet Thomas Lux died on 5th February aged 70...Pakistani novelist Bano Qudsia died on 4th February aged 88, her best known work is Raja Gidh (1981)...Albanian poet and writer Dritëro Agolli died on 3rd February aged 85...African-American novelist William Melvin Kelley died on 1st February aged 79; he is best known for his debut novel, A Different Drummer, published in 1962...Nigerian novelist Buchi Emecheta died on 25th January aged 72, her best known novels include The Bride Price (1976) and The Joys of Motherhood (1979)...British author Douglas Reeman / Alexander Kent died on 23rd January aged 92 he wrote historical fiction about the Royal Navy, mainly set during either World War II or the Napoleonic Wars....Award winning Dutch writer and poet Robert Anker died on 20th January aged 70...Jamaican novelist Peter Abrahams died on 18th January aged 97...South Korean novelist Jung Mikyung died 18th January aged 56...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...

Knut Hamsun (1859 - 1952)

Death: 19th February 1952 
Location: Cremated, Ashes buried at his home, Nørholm, Grimstad, Aust-Agder, Norway
Photo taken by: Friman

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Norwegian author. Awarded the 1920 Nobel Prize in Literature for his monumental work, Growth of the Soil. Hamsun’s childhood was one of poverty. Aged seventeen he became apprentice to a rope maker, this is also when he first started writing. In 1909 he married Marie Anderson and the couple brought Nørholm, a run down house, where Hamsun could write undisturbed. Hamsum’s work first became popular in 1890 when Hunger was published. It is semi-autobiographical and tells the story of how a writer nearly goes mad because of hunger and poverty.
During the First and Second World Ward he was a supporter of Germany. He met both Goebbels and Hitler, and even sent Goebbels his Nobel Prize medal as a gift. At the end of the Second World War he spent some time in a psychiatric hospital where he was found to have impaired mental abilities. Because of this charges of treason were dropped and he was cleared of direct Nazi association; this still remains a much debated issue in Norway.

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