Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

October 15, 2004

Bernice Rubens, 76, the British author of 24 novels whose insightful, witty and sometimes dark stories drew on her Jewish background, died Wednesday, The Guardian newspaper reported.

Her novels dealt realistically with subjects like murder and adultery, but they also displayed great humor and a sympathy with the characters.

Her fourth book, The Elected Member - an exploration of the destructive potential of family relationships - won Britain's coveted Booker Prize for fiction in 1970.

Lynn Manulis, 85, a retailer of luxury fashion who dressed socially prominent women in classic style and also promoted up-and-coming designers to a younger crowd, died Sunday in Lantana, Fla. She had lung cancer.

Until her retirement last year, Miss Lynn - as she was known - was president and chief executive of Martha Inc., the chain of boutiques founded by her mother, Martha Phillips.

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