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...

Mary Shelley (1797-1851)

Death: 1st February 1851
Location: St. Peter's Churchyard, Bournemouth, Dorset, England
Cause of Death: Cancer - Brain
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English novelist who is best remembered as the author of Frankenstein: Or, the Modern Prometheus. She was born Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, her mother was the feminist writer Mary Wollstonecraft and her father, William Godwin was an anarchist philosopher. 
In 1814, when Mary was sixteen, she eloped with Percy Bysshe Shelley who was still married at the time. In 1816 they traveled to Lake Geneva to stay with a group of intellectuals and writers. During their stay they had a ghost-story writing contest during which John Polodori came up with The Vampyre and Mary came up with the idea for Frankenstein
In October 1816 Mary and Percy were married. In 1822 Percy was drowned at sea and Mary devoted herself to the editing and promotion of her late husband’s work. Mary also wrote several more novels including The Last Man, a pioneering work of science fiction which is considered by some to be her best work.

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