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In Memoriam: Writers We Lost In 2019 | Writer’s Relief

In 2019, the world lost several talented, unforgettable writers. Together with the entire literary community, we here at Writer’s Relief mourn the loss of these gifted individuals and remember their contributions. This tribute does not include every great writer who left us in the past year, so in the comment section below, please share the names of any other noteworthy authors you’d like to remember.


Ernest Gaines: “Why is it that, as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than holding hands?”


Anne Rivers Siddons: “Didn’t I say I’d always be your same stars? If you get to missing me, just look up.”


Judith Krantz: “Some questions are not meant to be asked as long as the answers are right.”


Mary Oliver: “Listen—are you breathing just a little, and calling it a life?”


Gene Wolfe: “You never learn how to write a novel. You just learn how to write the novel that you’re writing.”


Rachel Held Evans: “My interpretation can only be as inerrant as I am, and that’s good to keep in mind.”


Marjorie Weinman Sharmat: “I left a note for my mother. I always leave a note for my mother when I am on a case.”


Rachel Ingalls: “I can’t imagine living in a different time,” Estelle said. “Not in the future, and certainly not in the past. Can you?”


Cokie Roberts: “Times do keep changing—thank God.”


Herman Wouk: “Income tax returns are the most imaginative fiction being written today.”


Toni Morrison: “We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.”



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