Among the disappointments and losses of 2021, we lost some of the best writers who contributed hugely to the literary world and world of literature. In this article, we are going to read about 9 famous writers who died in 2021. What were their contributions to the world of literature as a literary figure?

Adam Zagajewski (March 21)

Famous Writers Who Died in 2021 - Adam Zagajewski
Famous Writers Who Died in 2021 – Adam Zagajewski

Born on June 21, 1945, Polish novelist and poet Adam Zagajewski was awarded several awards in his lifetimes such as the Griffin Poetry Prize, Princess of Asturias Award, and more. Some of his notable works are Unseen Hand and Another Beauty. The topic that he wrote about is the presence of the past in life and life in general. He died at the age of 75 on March 21, 2021, in Krakow.

Beverly Cleary (March 25)

Writers Who Left Us In Year 2021 - Beverly Cleary
Writers Who Left Us In Year 2021 – Beverly Cleary

Cleary was born in McMinnville on April 12, 1916. Like most Victorian readers Beverly Cleary’s works are based in Grant Park neighbourhood, Portland, Oregon. Some of her notable works are series of Henry Higgins and series of Ramona, Dear Mr. Henshaw, and The Mouse and the Motorcycle. She received several awards for her work including National Book Award in 1981.

Prince Philip (April 9)

Famous Writers Who Died in 2021 - Prince Philip
Famous Writers Who Died in 2021 – Prince Philip

The Duke of Edinburgh was born in Mon Repos, Greece on June 10, 1921. Prince Philip was the author of A Question of Balance, The Environmental Revolution, Down to Earth, Sandringham, and more. He died due to old age at the age of 99 on April 9, 2021.

Jason Matthews (April 28)

Writers Who Left Us In Year 2021 - Jason Matthews
Writers Who Left Us In Year 2021 – Jason Matthews

American author Jason Matthews was born in the year 1951. He was also a former officer of the CIA. Matthews is known for the spy novel trilogy named Red Sparrow. For the trilogy, he received Edgar Award and ITW Thriller Award in 2014. He died from corticobasal degeneration at the age of 69 on April 28, 2021.

Eric Carle (May 23)

Eric Carle
Famous Writers Who Died in 2021 – Eric Carle

American writer and illustrator of children’s books Eric Carle were born on June 25, 1929. His 1969 published The Very Hungry Caterpillar has been translated into over 66 languages. He has illustrated over 70 books most of which were written by him. In 2003 he was awarded the Children’s Literature Legacy Award. He died at the age of 92 on May 23, 2021, due to kidney failure.

Janet Malcolm (June 16)

Janet Malcolm
Writers Who Left Us In Year 2021 – Janet Malcolm

American writer and journalist Janet Malcolm was born on July 8, 1934. Her notable work is The Journalist and the Murderer. She was also the author of In the Freud Archives and Psychoanalysis: The Impossible Profession. In the year 2001, she was awarded the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She died at the age of 86 on June 16, 2021, due to lung cancer.

Wilbur Smith (November 13)

Famous Writers Who Died in 2021 - Wilbur Smith
Famous Writers Who Died in 2021 – Wilbur Smith

British-South African novelist Wilbur Smith was born on January 9, 1933. He wrote about nature and adventure. Some of his notable works are When the Lion Feeds, Eagle in the Sky, Shout at the Devil, The Dark of the Sun, and The Sunbird. He died at the age of 88 in Cape Town on November 13, 2021.

Anne Rice (December 11)

Anne Rice
Writers Who Left Us In Year 2021 – Anne Rice

American writer of gothic, erotic, and Christian literature was born on October 4, 1941, in New Orleans, United States. Anne Rice is the writer of Interview with the Vampire, the Witching Hour, The Vampire Lestat, and more. Rice died due to a stroke at the age of 80 on December 11, 2021.

Bell Hooks (December 15)

Famous Writers Who Died in 2021 - Bell Hooks
Famous Writers Who Died in 2021 – Bell Hooks

Feminist, social activist, and author Bell Hooks explored capitalism, gender, class domination, oppression, and the intersectionality of race. She was born in Kentucky, the U.S on September 25, 1952. Some of the notable works of Hooks are Women and Feminism, Ain’t I a Woman, and We Real Cool: Black Men and Masculinity. She died at the age of 69 in Kentucky on December 15, 2021.

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