Just as many great literary figures took birth in October many also left us, with a huge body of literature to swoon over. Today we’re paying homage to those famous authors who died in October, and acknowledging their literary acumen, which keeps them alive to this day. So let us look at the list of writers we lost in October.
Famous Authors Who Died In October | Writers We lost in October:
Tom Clancy (Born: 12 April 1947 – Died: 1 October 2013)
Clancy was a wonderful author of espionage novels and cold war thrillers. His major works include ‘The Hunt for Red October’, ‘Red Storm Rising’, ‘Patriot Games’ and ‘The Sum of All Fears’. Several of his books have been adapted into movies, television shows and video games that have become equally popular.
Edgar Allen Poe (Born: 19 January 1809 – Died: 7 October 1849)
The gothic poet of horror and romantic poems died on the 7th of October. He wrote extensively and his best works include ‘The Raven’, ‘Annabel Lee’, ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’ and ‘The Oval portrait’. He has become a central figure in the dark academia literary scene of the present and his works continue to endure the test of time.
Jonathan Swift (Born: 30 November 1667 – Died: 19 October 1745)
The classic essayist, satirist and novelst Swift who lived during the dawn of the 18th century, was the prolific writer of Gulliver’s Travels. Apart from creating the world of Lilliputs and satirizing human nature, he also wrote ‘A Tale of a Tub’ and ‘A Modest Proposal’. Apart from this he also wrote several essay works.
Jack Kerouac (Born: 12 March 1922 – Died: 21 October 1969)
Kerouac’s best work, for which he is most widely known, is perhaps ‘On the Road’, which establishes him as a distinctly American voice of fiction. His debut was ‘The Town and The City’ and he also wrote several other novels such as ‘The Subterraneans’, ‘Lonesome Traveller’, ‘Book of Dreams’, Desolation Angels’ and more.
Jim Dwyer (Born: 4 March 1957 – Died: 8 October 2020)
Dywer was originally a journalist in New York but also authored many books and wrote many columns. He co-wrote ‘More Awesome Than Money’, ‘False Conviction’, ‘Subway Lives’ and ‘102 minutes’. He even won the Pulitzer Prize for Reporting. Thus, he was part of the literary scene in the non-fiction category.
Zane Grey (Born: 31 January 1872 – Died: 23 October 1939)
Pearl Zane Grey was a dentist who also authored many adventure novels which exemplified the Western literature. His most famous book was ‘Riders of the Purple Sage’. He also wrote several short stories and novellas. Grey wrote his books after meticulous research and by drawing on his own fishing and other experiences. His books have seen tremendously good reviews and reception, and.
Harold Robbins (Born: 21 May 1916 – Died: 14 October 1997)
Robbins is the bestselling author of over 25 novels such as ‘Never Love a Stranger’, ‘The Dream Merchants’, ’79 Park Avenue’, ‘Where Love Has Gone’ and ‘The Carpetbaggers’. Several adaptations of his books also exist, in movies, TV shows and pop references. After spending ample of time and the French Riviera and Monte Carlo, and died due to respiratory failure. However, his literary legacy continues to this date.
Orson Welles (Born: 6 May 1915 – Died: 10 October 1985)
Welles is the prolific author of ‘Citizen Kane’ and also the screenwriter for several memorable films. For example, he wrote the screenplays of ‘The Other Side of Wind’, ‘Mr Arkadin’, ‘The Stranger’ and more. He was also a great playwright, with plays such as ‘Five Kings’ to his name. Thus Welles was a polymath, dabbling in acting, direction, theatre, scriptwriting, screenwriting and more.
Kate Braverman (Born: 5 February 1949 – Died: 12 October 2019)
Braverman was an American poet, writer, novelist and more. Her works revolve around her setting of Los Angeles, which seems to be her muse. Although her most famous book is ‘Palm Latitudes’, she has also written several other novels. These include ‘Lithium for Medea’, ‘Wonders of the West’, ‘The Incarnation of Frida K.’ Some of her poetry collections include ‘Milk Run’ and ‘Lullaby for Sinners’.
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