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Thursday, January 28, 2010

RIP Howard Zinn and J.D. Salinger

Activist, historian Howard Zinn

dies at 87

Howard Zinn was most famous for his 1980 ...

BOSTON (Reuters) – Historian and activist Howard Zinn, whose 1980 book "A People's History of the United States" was a rallying cry for the American left in a conservative era, has died aged 87.

Family members said Zinn, who for decades was a fixture in the U.S. civil rights and anti-war movements and lived in Auburndale, Massachusetts, died of a heart attack on Wednesday while traveling in California.



"Catcher in the Rye" author J.D. Salinger dies

Legendary American writer, recluse passes away at 91
AP
J.D. Salinger

J.D. Salinger, the legendary author, youth hero and fugitive from fame whose "The Catcher in the Rye" shocked and inspired a world he increasingly shunned, has died. He was 91.

Salinger died of natural causes at his home on Wednesday, the author's son said in a statement from Salinger's literary representative. He had lived for decades in self-imposed isolation in the small, remote house in Cornish, N.H.

1 comment:

Margaret Benbow said...

As usual, the wrong people are dying. (Dick Cheney will probably live forever.) R.I.P. Howard, and thank you for your fearlessness and (though you'd probably gag at the sentimentality) great heart. R.I.P. Jerome, you impossible, brilliant, freakish man necklaced with all your unforgettable characters--although you'd probably say, "That's Mr. Salinger, to you."