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Award Winning Brazilian Writer Rachel de Queiroz Dies - 2003-11-04

Brazilian writer and playwright Rachel de Queiroz has died at the age of 92 in Rio de Janeiro.

Ms. de Queiroz was born in the northeast state of Ceara in 1910. She went on to publish more than 30 books, from novels to collections of articles. She also won numerous awards, including Brazil's prestigious Machado de Assis Prize in 1957.

In 1977, Ms. de Queiroz was honored as the first woman to enter the all-male Brazilian Academy of Letters.

Ms. de Queiroz's sister said the writer died in her sleep of a heart ailment.

She will be buried Wednesday alongside her late husband, Doctor Oyama de Macedo, at the Sao Joao Batista cemetery.