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Ruth Rendell wrote more than 60 books, some under the pseudonym Barbara Vine. Max Nash/AP hide caption

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Clive James — an author, critic, broadcaster, poet, translator and memoirist — was diagnosed with leukemia a few years ago. Courtesy of Liveright hide caption

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Amanda Filipacchi is also the author of the novels Nude Men, Vapor and Love Creeps. Marion Ettlinger/Courtesy of W. W. Norton & Company hide caption

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One of Megan Mayhew Bergman's short stories is based on the life of dancer and actress Butterfly McQueen. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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