Christopher Hitchens Dies at 62

Following a brave battle with esophageal cancer, Washington DC based author, essayist and journalist Christopher Hitchens passed away December 15 of pneumonia. He was 62.

The British-born Hitchens wrote an essay about his illness that appeared in the August 2010 issue of Vanity Fair: “I love the imagery of struggle. I sometimes wish I were suffering in a good cause, or risking my life for the good of others, instead of just being a gravely endangered patient.”

George Orwell, Thomas Paine, and Thomas Jefferson.were three people Hitchens admired in his lifetime.. During his career, he was critical of many well-known public figures, including Mother Teresa, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Henry Kissinger. He became known as controversial for his confrontational style of debating.

In addition to Vanity Fair, where he became contributing editor in 1992, Hitchens’ works appeared in The Nation, Foreign Policy, Prospect, and Slate, among others.

He also spent part of his early career in journalism as a foreign correspondent in Cyprus. Hitchens received a Lannan Literary Award for Nonfiction in 1991. In 2007, his Vanity Fair works won him the Columns and Commentary honor at the National Magazine Award, and the National Magazine Award for Columns about Cancer in 2011

A complete bibliography of Christopher Hitchens’ work may be found at this link.