Passings 2007: Writers

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Tillie Olsen, 94

Influential feminist author (``Tell Me a Riddle.'') Jan. 1.
Robert Anton Wilson, 74

Co-author of science fiction cult classic "The Illuminatus! Trilogy." Jan. 11.
Art Buchwald, 81

Pulitzer-winning humorist who skewered Washington's elite. Jan. 17. |
Peter Tompkins, 87

Wrote best-sellers such as "The Secret Life of Plants." Jan. 24.
Sidney Sheldon, 89

Stage and screen writer turned best-selling novelist ("The Other Side of Midnight.") Jan. 30.
Marianne Fredriksson, 79

One of Sweden's most admired writers ("Hanna's Daughters.") Feb. 11.
Lothar-Guenther Buchheim, 89

German author; wrote autobiographical novel "Das Boot." Feb. 22.
Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., 89

Pulitzer-winning historian; Kennedy administration "court philosopher." Feb. 28.
Henri Troyat, 95

One of France's most prolific and respected authors. March 2.
Marjabelle Young Stewart, 82

Etiquette authority; co-wrote "White Gloves and Party Manners." March 3.
Kurt Vonnegut, 84

Novelist who captured the absurdity of the world in darkly humorous works such as "Slaughterhouse-Five." April 11. |
David Halberstam, 73

Journalist whose books included towering study of Vietnam War, poignant portrait of aging baseball stars. April 23.
Lloyd Alexander, 83

Children's book author ("The Chronicles of Prydain.") May 17.
Mark Harris, 84

Novelist ("Bang the Drum Slowly.") May 30.
William Meredith, 88

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet ("Partial Accounts: New and Selected Poems.") May 30.
Nazek al-Malaika, 85

Iraqi poet; used free verse rather than classical rhyme. June 20.
Fred T. Saberhagen, 77

Science fiction and fantasy writer ("Berserker" series.) June 29.
Kathleen E. Woodiwiss, 68

Pioneer of the modern historical romance novel ("The Flame and the Flower.") July 6.
John Graham, 80

Children's book author ("I Love You, Mouse.") July 16.
Grace Paley, 84

Acclaimed poet and short story writer. Aug. 22.
Madeleine L'Engle, 88

Author who captivated children with "A Wrinkle in Time." Sept. 6.
Robert Jordan, 58

Author of "Wheel of Time" fantasy novels. Sept. 16. Blood disease.
Peg Bracken, 89

Wrote hugely popular "I Hate to Cook Book." Oct. 20.
Norman Mailer, 84

The pugnacious prince of American letters. Nov. 10. |
Elizabeth Hardwick, 91

Leading intellectual author ("Sleepless Nights") and critic. Dec. 2.
Ira Levin, 78

Best-selling novelist ("Rosemary's Baby," "The Boys From Brazil.") Nov. 12.
Passings 2007