BELOVED children’s author Beverly Cleary died yesterday aged 104, her publisher announced on Friday.
She died in Carmel, California on Thursday, Harper Collins said in a statement, though a cause of death was not given.
Cleary published more than 40 books over her decades-long career, beginning with Henry Huggins in 1950.
The books sold more than 85 million copies and became essential reading for generations of schoolchildren.
In a statement, President and Publisher, HarperCollins Children’s Books Suzanne Murphy said: “We are saddened by the passing of Beverly Cleary, one of the most beloved children’s authors of all time. Looking back, she’d often say, ‘I’ve had a lucky life,’ and generations of children count themselves lucky too—lucky to have the very real characters Beverly Cleary created.
“We at HarperCollins also feel extremely lucky to have worked with Beverly Cleary and to have enjoyed her sparkling wit. Her timeless books are an affirmation of her everlasting connection to the pleasures, challenges, and triumphs that are part of every childhood.”
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