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...

Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881)

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Death:  9th February 1881
Location: Tikhvin Cemetery, Alexander Nevsky Monastery, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Cause of death: Pulmonary Hemorrhage associated with emphysema

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Russian writer, considered to be one if the greatest writers of the twentieth century. In 1846 his first work, the 
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epistolary novel Poor Folk, was published to much critical acclaim. In 1849 he was imprisoned and sentenced to death for his involvement in revolutionary activity against Tsar Nikolai I. However, he was not executed and was instead exiled to a labour camp in Siberia. In 1854 he was released, but he was required to serve in the Siberian Regiment, where he spent the next five years. He returned to St. Petersburg where, following the death of his wife and brother, he fell into a deep depression and began to gamble heavily. It is believed that his best known work, Crime and Punishment, was completed in a hurry in order for Dostoevsky to receive the advance from his publisher.
His tombstone reads "Verily, Verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit." from John 12:24, which is also the epigraph of his final novel, The Brothers Karamazov.

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