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A survey from the Authors Guild reveals a 30 percent decline in author income since 2009. Ariel Zambelich/NPR hide caption

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Joyce Carol Oates, pictured above on Easter, 1949. It is strange, she says, to live so long that you are older than your own parents were when they died. She uses the word "vertiginous" to describe the dizzying sensation of looking back on your life from a distance you can't believe you've traveled. Courtesy of Random House hide caption

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Stieg Larsson died in 2004, never knowing how popular his Millennium books would become. Britt-Marie Trensmar hide caption

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The way E.L. Doctorow told it, the phrase "historical novel" is something of a misnomer when it comes to his writing. "I think really of myself as a national novelist; I am an American novelist writing about my country." Mary Altaffer/AP hide caption

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Played by Olivier or not — Heathcliff was really kind of a jerk by romance hero standards. United Artists hide caption

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Alan Rickman is reunited with his Sense and Sensibility co-star Kate Winslet in his latest directorial effort, A Little Chaos. Courtesy of BBC Films hide caption

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