Wilbur Smith is dead on November 13, 2021, at the age of 88 years. Famous South African writer, he is remembered for the numerous bestsellers published between 1964 and 2020.
The news was given by his official website, which speaks of “unexpected” death on Saturday afternoon, at Smith’s residence in Cape Town. , after spending a few hours reading and writing. The cause of Wilbur Smith’s death could be his old age and all the problems that come with it.
Born in 1933, Wilbur Smith initially worked for the South African taxman before turning to write full-time, enjoying his first success with The Destiny of the Lion, a literary debut that also contains the Courtney family’s debut, which the author recounted. the vicissitudes over the course of several generations, from 1660 to 1987.
He dedicated seventeen of the forty-nine novels to them so far, and in 2012 he claimed to have a weakness especially for his first book, precisely because it was the inaugurator of his lucky editorial experience.
Adhering to the maxim “Write about what you know”, Smith has dedicated his entire work to the history of Africa, recounting periods ranging from ancient Egypt to the present day (the most recent, released last year, is set at the beginning of the nineteenth century). This earned him the acclaim of critics and the public (he sold 140 million copies), but also some objections from compatriots scholars who reproached him for an occasional sloppiness at the level of historical research.
From Smith’s novels (published in Italy by Mondadori, Longanesi, and Tea) some film and television adaptations were also taken, between 1968 and 2001, including two films with Roger Moore and three projects, all set in places and periods several, with Roy Scheider in the lead role. In an interview in 1976, the writer said he had imposed, after the first transpositions that had not convinced him, that a film based on one of his works could not be made without respecting the script approved by him to the letter.