Florence King, writer known for her sharp wit, dies at 80

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Posted: Jan 10, 2016 3:26 PM

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Florence King, a writer who brought a fierce wit to her novels, essays and columns, has died.

Jack Fowler, publisher of the National Review and a longtime friend of King's, said she died Wednesday at an assisted-living home in Fredericksburg. It was a day after her 80th birthday.

King was best known her National Review column, "The Misanthrope Corner," where she humorously critiqued public figures and derided political correctness until 2002. King also wrote several essays and books, including "Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady" in 1985.

Fowler called King a great critic of multiculturalism and popular trends and one of the best writers of the English language in the 20th century.

He said she had been suffering from a number of medical issues over the last several years.