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New Yorker Writer Panter-Downes Dies

Mollie Panter-Downes, who wrote Letter from London for the New Yorker magazine, died Jan. 22. She was 90.

Panter-Downes’ first Letter from London appeared Sept. 9, 1939, and her last was on March 26, 1984. Her last article appeared Aug. 18, 1986.

In 1923, Panter-Downes published her first of several novels, “The Shoreless Sea” when she was 16 years old. Later, she published compilations of columns in the New Yorker in the books, “London War Notes: 1939 to 1945” and “At the Pines.”

The magazine also commissioned her to write “Ooty Preserved,” (1969), the profile of Ootacamund, a town in India.

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