Now 82, Marquez's last book Memoirs of My Melancholy Whores, which attracted very mixed reviews, was published five years ago. Marquez in fact told fans last year that he was worn out by writing.
Mark Lawson on The Guardian blog reckons that great writers usually knock off work well before the ends of their lives as a way to control quality, but notes that fans and publishers find it hard to let go.
Did Agatha Christie suffer from Alzheimer's towards the end of her life? Academics at Toronto University have found :
... statistically significant drops in vocabulary, and increases in repeated phrases and indefinite nouns in 15 detective novels from The Mysterious Affair at Styles to Postern of Fate ... These language effects are recognised as symptoms of memory difficulties associated with Alzheimer's disease.Thanks, Chet, for this link!
Incidentally, here's the original article in PDF and the analysing tool is here so you can try it yourself!
Nother Postscript :
Or have we just been too premature? Literary Saloon raps all our knuckles for spreading ill-founded gossip. Note to self - resist being sensationalist when the newspapers go down that route. We bloggers should be the real professionals!
More at The Guardian.
Question : what kind of agent doesn't know whether her star author is writing or not?