British author Alan Sillitoe dies

April 25, 2010 7:28:51 AM PDT
British novelist Alan Sillitoe, whose works chronicled the bleak realities for country's working poor, has died, his family says. He was 82. Sillitoe, a leading member of the 1950s group of so-called angry young men of British fiction, was acclaimed for his uncompromising social criticism of postwar life.

The writer's son David said his father died Sunday at London's Charing Cross hospital.

Sillitoe is best known for his 1958 book "Saturday Night And Sunday Morning," and 1959 short story "The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner." Both works were later made into movies.

He is survived by wife Ruth Fainlight, the American poet, and the couple's son and adopted daughter.