The writer and editor Diana Athill, whose clear view on life and literature inspired authors and readers alike, has died after a short illness at 101 years, as reported by the Granta editorial.
Athill combined a brilliant career in editing, where he worked with writers like Phillip Roth, Margare Atwood, Jean Rhys or V.S. Naipaul, with an award-winning success as an author. In his production he turned his blatant gaze towards love, work and imminent death in memories that include Instead of a Letter (1963), Stet (2000) and the winner of a Costa prize Somewhere Towards the End (2008).
He was born during an air raid in London on December 21, 1917. Athill studied English at Oxford and worked for the BBC during World War II. She helped André Deutsch to establish the publishing house that would carry her name and worked as an editor for almost five decades. During those years, the company became famous and struggled to obtain money while Athill worked with writers such as Marilyn French and John Updike.