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Art Buchwald is known for writing humor columns for Paris newspaper The Herald Tribune, and for winning a Pulitzer Prize for Outstanding Commentary in 1982.
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After a lengthy court battle, the two sides reached a settlement in 1995. Around this time, Buchwald wrote the 1994 memoir Leaving Home. He again explored his own experiences in I’ll Always Have Paris (1996).
Buchwald’s last book, Too Soon to Say Goodbye (2006), chronicles his time at a hospice after being told he only had a short time to live because of kidney problems. He defied doctor’s expectations and lived long enough to reflect on his own passing in this work.
Buchwald continued writing up to until nearly the end and never seemed to lose his sense of humor with one of his last columns ruminating on the number trillion and the absurdity of the national debt. He died of kidney failure on January 17, 2007, in Washington, D.C. He will be remembered as one of the leading humorists and newspaper columnists of the twentieth century.
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