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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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