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Prize-winning writer Hortense Calisher dies at 97

By: associated press
By: associated press

Hortense Calisher, a prize-winning writer known for her dense, unskimmable prose in such works of fiction as "False Entry" and "In Greenwich There Are Many Gravelled Walks," has died. She was 97.

Her granddaughter, Katy Spencer, said Calisher died Tuesday in Manhattan of natural causes.

Calisher, the author of more than 20 books, was a three-time nominee for the National Book Award and a four-time winner of the O. Henry Prize for the short story.

Her admirers included Anne Tyler, Cynthia Ozick and Joyce Carol Oates. But few outside the literary world knew much about her. Once a familiar name in The New Yorker and elsewhere, the author saw most of her books go out of print. She was a "writer's writer" whom even admirers considered a challenge to read.


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