Posted on April 2, 2024 at 8:20 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Here are the literary deaths that either occurred recently or popped into the news recently:

Neeli Cherkovski, a poet and biographer, died March 19 at the age of seventy-eight.

Cherkovski's poems were largely overshadowed by his biographies of his more-famous colleagues: Ferlinghetti: A Biography and Hank: The Life of Charles Bukowski (The New York Times).

Vernor Vinge, a mathematician and prolific science fiction author, died March 20 at age seventy-nine.

Vinge's novella True Names created an early version of cyberspace, albeit under a different name, and later theorized in an academic paper that artificial intelligence would overtake human intelligence within a few decades (The New York Times).

Maryse Condé, an author, activist, and academic, died April 2 at the age of ninety.

Condé's novels were considered for a number of highly prestigious awards; she broke onto the scene with the bestseller Segu and put her homeland of Guadeloupe on the literary map (The Guardian).

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