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Booker Prize winner Barry Unsworth dies

Barry Unsworth, the historical fiction author who shared the Booker Prize in 1992, has died at the age of 81.
His US agent told the New York Times he died in Perugia, Italy, of lung cancer.
The joint Booker victory of Unsworth’s Sacred Hunger and Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient prompted a rule change preventing split decisions.

(via BBC News - Booker Prize winner Barry Unsworth dies)

Booker Prize winner Barry Unsworth dies

Barry Unsworth, the historical fiction author who shared the Booker Prize in 1992, has died at the age of 81.

His US agent told the New York Times he died in Perugia, Italy, of lung cancer.

The joint Booker victory of Unsworth’s Sacred Hunger and Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient prompted a rule change preventing split decisions.

(via BBC News - Booker Prize winner Barry Unsworth dies)

"The other impact of great literature is its power of changing the consciousness of the reader, even if that lay reader were to have no awareness of how it’s been done - the literary techniques and devices the writer has taken up, activated, re-invented, or invented." - Nadine Gordimer, who passed away last night at age 90, wove magnificent narratives to rouse the conscience of the world to the iniquities of apartheid South Africa. 

http://www.pen.org/event/2007/04/29/arthur-miller-freedom-write-lecture

"The other impact of great literature is its power of changing the consciousness of the reader, even if that lay reader were to have no awareness of how it’s been done - the literary techniques and devices the writer has taken up, activated, re-invented, or invented." - Nadine Gordimer, who passed away last night at age 90, wove magnificent narratives to rouse the conscience of the world to the iniquities of apartheid South Africa.

http://www.pen.org/event/2007/04/29/arthur-miller-freedom-write-lecture