Wilfrid Sheed, author of a wide range of books, novels and nonfiction, died this week at the age of 80. He was born in London in 1930 into a literary family; his parents founded the prominent Catholic publishing house Sheed & Ward. Leonard McComb/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images hide caption

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Wilfrid Sheed, Writer Of Wit And Faith, Dies At 80

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Book Review: Ismail Kadare's 'The Accident'

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Book Review: 'Forgotten Languages Of Shanghai'

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Book Review: Nadine Gordimer's 'Life Times'

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Best Books Of Winter: Alan Cheuse Makes His List

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Book Review: 'All Is Forgotten, Nothing Is Lost'

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Book Review: 'The Turquoise Ledge'

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Alan Cheuse Reviews 'Breathing, In Dust'

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Book Review: Philip Roth's 'Nemesis'

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The Paradox Of 'Lady Matador's Hotel'

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