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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Romanian-German writer Herta Mueller speaks during the Nobel Lecture in Literature on Monday in Stockholm. Claudio Bresciani/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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