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...

Elizabeth von Arnim (1866-1941)

Death: 9th February 1941
Location: St. Margaret's Church, Tylers Green, Buckinghamshire, England 
Cause of death: Influenza 
Photo taken by: Clive and Chris

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British novelist and member of the German nobility. Born Mary Annette Beauchamp in Sydney, Australia, she was the cousin of Katherine Mansfield. She was brought up in England and in 1891 she married Count Henning August von Arnim.
Her first book, Elizabeth and Her German Garden, was published in 1898 and it was a huge success, having to be reprinted over twenty times in the first year.
Her husband died in 1910 and she married John Francis Stanley Russell, 2nd Earl Russell, in 1916. The marriage was unsuccessful and the couple divorced in 1919. She spent the remainder of her life in London, Switzerland and the French Riviera, until the outbreak of the Second World War when she moved to the United States.
She died from complications of Influenza and was cremated in Washington, D.C. and then in 1947 her ashes were mixed with those of her brother and buried in the churchyard of St. Margaret’s Church in Tylers Green.

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