In 2018 we lost many writers who made a variety of contributions to the written word. The following are just a few to celebrate and remember.
Philip Roth, 85
Image via Encyclopedia Britannica
The prolific and darkly humorous novelist was known for his intensely autobiographical characters that explored the American identity against the backdrop of the 20th century.
Neil Simon, 91
Image via Telegraph Herald
Simon was one of the most successful writers in American history and known for his grand comedies. He wrote more than 30 plays and received more Oscar and Tony nominations than any other writer.
Anthony Bourdain, 61
Image via Wikipedia
The former chef turned writer and TV host showed us the world through his explorations of international culture, cuisine, and the human condition. His essays, books, and comics found millions of readers who became instant admirers.
Evelyn Anthony, 92
Image via IMS Vintage Photos
The best-selling British novelist was one of the first female authors to explore the spy genre and wrote over fifty novels. She wrote suspenseful thrillers of Cold War espionage and was even once approached about becoming a spy herself.
William Goldman, 87
Image via Vulture
The Academy Award winning screenwriter wrote many beloved classics that made the silver screen shine even brighter. The Princess Bride and Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid are still among the medium’s most treasured films.
Jin Yong, 94
Image via Goodreads
The “Tolkien of Chinese literature” wrote fantastical martial arts novels that inspired countless films, television series, and even video game adaptations. His work has resonated with generations of fans.
Meena Alexander, 67
Image via Meena Alexander
The poet and scholar explored themes of feminism, post-colonialism, dislocation, memory, and more. Alexander’s work reflected the search for identity that came with her almost nomadic lifestyle that took her throughout India, Africa, Europe, and the United States.
Stan Lee, 95
Image via Famous Biographies
The legend behind the Marvel comic book universe gave us a world of inspiring heroes and characters that will forever be cherished. His legacy only continues to grow with the increasing popularity of his pantheon.\
Wendy Beckett, 88
Image via NYTimes
Sister Wendy became an international star with her BBC documentaries that made her one of the most popular (and fun) art critics in television history. She wrote fifteen books on art, religion, poetry, and meditations, and made dozens of documentaries that charmed fans around the world.
Featured Image via