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11 Authors Whose Legacies Live On

Amy Hendricks is a corporate marketing assistant at Simon and Schuster. She is a friend to animals, and a lover of old books, pancakes, and being in or near water.

Like most devoted readers, I tend to get very attached to characters in a series or to certain authors and any of their works. It’s always a great loss when an author passes before completing the stories we’ve grown to love. But in some cases, an author’s work has been continued even after their death. Here, we’ve collected a list of authors whose legacies have continued beyond these most-loved books.

The Bourne Identity
by Robert Ludlum

The author of twenty-seven bestselling novels, Robert Ludlum is the mind behind the Jason Bourne series and the inspiration for the blockbuster movies. Following his death, some of his unused notes were compiled to continue the series.

The Secret of the Old Clock
by Carolyn Keene
Carolyn Keene is perhaps the most interesting author on this list in that she is not an author at all, or even a real person. In 1930, the name was given to the slew of hired writers who penned the Nancy Drew mysteries.

The Eye of the World
by Robert Jordan

After Robert Jordan died in 2007, Brandon Sanderson continued this sweeping adventure series about young country farmers with destinies much larger than they know, much to the relief of Jordan’s devoted fans. These fourteen novels bring readers into a magical world reminiscent of the Lord of the Rings trilogy and GAME OF THRONES.

Flowers in the Attic
by V.C. Andrews
V. C. Andrews passed away in 1986, but ghostwriter Andrew Neiderman completed many of her unfinished projects about love stories and family secrets and kept her legacy going. FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC showcases Andrews’s seductive style.

American Assassin
by Vince Flynn

Prolific writer Vince Flynn wrote more than thirteen books in his popular Mitch Rapp series before passing away in 2013. Kyle Mills continues Flynn’s series. In AMERICAN ASSASSIN, CIA superagent Mitch Rapp joins a new group of operatives seeking retribution following a terrorist attack.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
by Stieg Larsson
Unlike other authors on this list, Stieg Larrson was not a published author until after his death in 2004. A pet project, his Millennium series featuring Lisbeth Salander was discovered and published in 2005. After the success of his trilogy, author David Lagercrantz was contracted to finish the series using notes Larsson left for future books.

The Godwulf Manuscript
by Robert B. Parker

Robert B. Parker was known for his forty novels about private detective Spenser. After Parker’s death in 2010, Ace Atkins kept Spenser in business. The first in this far-reaching series, THE GODWULF MANUSCRIPT, introduces us to Spenser, a Boston investigator hired to recover a stolen medieval manuscript.

The Man in the High Castle
by Philip K. Dick

Philip K. Dick may not have been a wildly profitable author in his time, but since he passed away in 1982, many of his science fiction stories and novels have been picked up and turned into well-loved movies and television shows. THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE, currently an Amazon series, offers an alternative ending to World War II, with the Nazis and Japanese winning the war.

by David Gemmell

British author David Gemmell was a master of heroic fantasy, as well as historical fiction. He worked on the end of his Troy series until his death, and then his wife, Stella, took on the task of finishing his work.

Murder on the Orient Express
by Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie might be the most famous mystery writer in the world, with a massive fan base and lasting legacy. Her family has given author Sophie Hannah full support to release a new story of Christie's famous character, Poirot. MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS, one of Christie’s most popular works, is a now classic mystery and the perfect introduction to the author’s books.

Casino Royale
by Ian Fleming
James Bond is perhaps the most famous spy in literature and film thanks to British writer Ian Fleming. Bond’s legacy lived on after Fleming’s death through several authors commissioned to continue the spy’s story.

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