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November 5, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Peter Taylor, a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist in the tradition of William Faulkner and Flannery O'Connor whose stories poignantly chronicled the slow disappearance of the Southern aristocracy, is dead at age 77. Taylor died of pneumonia Wednesday night at the University of Virginia Hospital. He had suffered a series of strokes. He won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for "A Summons to Memphis," about a man called home by his sisters to stop their widowed father from remarrying.
January 15, 2004 | From Associated Press
Roberto Borea, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer who produced scores of compelling pictures during a 30-year career with Associated Press, has died. He was 51. Borea died Jan. 6 of stomach cancer at his home in Catonsville, Md. One of his photos was among 20 by AP staff that won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for feature photography.
Saul Pett, whose intricately plotted feature stories stretched the rules of American newspaper writing and won him the Pulitzer Prize, died Sunday at 75. A veteran of 45 years with the Associated Press, Pett died of cancer at a friend's home in McLean, Va. Striving, he once said, to show "not only what happened . . . but what it was like to have been there," Pett first made his name with a dramatically detailed account of a car-train crash that killed seven high school students in 1959.
September 30, 2000
Nat Fein, the newspaper photographer who won a Pulitzer Prize for his unorthodox picture of a frail Babe Ruth at Yankee Stadium, has died. Fein died Tuesday at a hospital in Westwood, N.J. He was 86. A longtime staffer for the now-defunct New York Herald Tribune, Fein was known for taking photographs that evoked life in New York in the 1930s, '40s and '50s.
September 25, 1992
William A. Swanberg, 84, whose biography of Henry R. Luce earned him a Pulitzer Prize. He won his Pulitzer in 1973 for "Luce and His Empire," the biography of the co-founder of Time Inc. The award came 11 years after he failed to win a Pulitzer for "Citizen Hearst," a biography of William Randolph Hearst.
December 12, 2002 | From Associated Press
Paul Vathis, whose 56 years as an Associated Press photographer included a Pulitzer Prize for his pensive picture of then-President Kennedy and former President Eisenhower walking together at Camp David after the Bay of Pigs invasion, died Tuesday. He was 77. Vathis died in his sleep at his Mechanicsburg, Pa., home. From the AP bureau in Harrisburg, Pa.
December 4, 2000 | From Associated Press
Gwendolyn Brooks, who won a Pulitzer Prize for writing candid and compassionate poetry that delved into poverty, racism and drugs among black people, died Sunday. She was 83. Family friend Leron Bennett said Brooks died after a short illness. Brooks was world-renowned for promoting an understanding of black culture through her poetry while at the same time suggesting inclusiveness is the key to harmony.
With composer Henry Brant's spatial music, "being there" is central to the art. That was an unstated message when his piece "Prophets" was given its U.S. premiere in Santa Barbara's First Methodist Church on Sunday. Listeners were literally surrounded by music, treated to the engaging, enigmatic sound of four cantors singing Old Testament texts in Hebrew in separate corners of the chapel, while the ceremonial Jewish horn called the shofar punctuated their incantations.
July 3, 1986 | BURT A. FOLKART, Times Staff Writer
Wirt Williams, a novelist probably better known to Pulitzer Prize judges than to the general public, died Sunday in a Hollywood hospital. The veteran California State University, Los Angeles, English professor was 64 and died after suffering a stroke last week. Williams was nominated three times for the Pulitzer, twice for his novels, "The Far Side" in 1970 and "Ada Dallas" in 1960 and earlier for his reporting.
February 29, 2004 | Bart Barnes, Washington Post
Daniel Joseph Boorstin, the Pulitzer Prize-winning and best-selling historian who had served as librarian of Congress and director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of History and Technology, has died. He was 89. Boorstin died Saturday of pneumonia at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C. He wrote two dozen books, which were translated into at least 30 languages and have sold millions of copies around the world.
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