The Writerly Habit

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2007 Literary Deaths

A.I. Bezzerides, 98. Film noir screenwriter ("Kiss Me Deadly.") Jan. 1.

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 Washington humorist; battled Hollywood over movie "Coming to America." Jan. 17.

Peter Tompkins, 87. Wrote best-sellers such as "The Secret Life of Plants." Jan. 24.

Bob Carroll Jr., 87. TV writer for Lucille Ball's shows. Jan. 27.

Sidney Sheldon, 89. Stage, screen writer turned best-selling novelist ("The Other Side of Midnight.") Jan. 30.

Molly Ivins, 62. Best-selling author and columnist, a sharp-witted liberal who referred to President Bush as "Shrub." Jan. 31.

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.

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.

Stan Daniels, 72. Emmy-winning TV writer and producer ("The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "Taxi.")

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 acclaimed books included towering study of Vietnam War, poignant portrait of aging baseball stars. April 23.

Bernard Gordon, 88. Screenwriter, blacklisted in the 1950s. ("55 Days at Peking.") May 11.

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 modern historical romance novel ("The Flame and the Flower.") July 6.

John Graham, 80. Children's book author ("I Love You, Mouse.") July 16.

Sekou Sundiata, 58. Poet, recording artist ("The Blue Oneness of Dreams"). July 18.

George Tabori, 93. Avant-garde playwright-director in postwar Germany ("Goldberg Variations.") July 23.

Mel Shavelson, 90. Screenwriter-director twice nominated for best-screenplay Oscars ("The Seven Little Foys," "Houseboat.") Aug. 8.

Grace Paley, 84. Acclaimed poet and short story writer. Aug. 22.

Edward Seidensticker, 86. Scholar of Japanese literature; translated the epic "Tale of Genji." Aug. 26.

Madeleine L'Engle, 88. Author who captivated schoolchildren with "A Wrinkle in Time." Sept. 6.

Robert Jordan, 58. Author of "Wheel of Time" fantasy novels. Sept. 16. Blood disease.

Charles Griffith, 77. Wrote screenplay for "Little Shop of Horrors." Sept. 28.

Peg Bracken, 89. Wrote hugely popular "I Hate to Cook Book." Oct. 20.

Ira Levin, 78. Best-selling novelist ("Rosemary's Baby," "The Boys From Brazil.") Nov. 12.

Mel Tolkin, 94. Head writer for Sid Caesar's "Your Show of Shows." Nov. 26.

Elizabeth Hardwick, 91. Leading intellectual author ("Sleepless Nights") and critic. Dec. 2.

Diane Middlebrook, 68. Wrote acclaimed biographies of poets Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath. Dec. 15.

Julien Gracq, 97. Celebrated French surrealist writer. Dec. 22.