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The just-published latest edition of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography has been updated, to include articles on famous people who died in 2008.
The latest entries include playwright and director Harold Pinter, science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke, jazz trumpeter and broadcaster Humphrey Lyttleton, film director Anthony Minghella and popular artist Beryl Cook.
A total of 217 new biographies in the latest update mean that the Oxford DNB now includes a total of 53,084 articles and tells the life stories of 58,094 individuals. The print version runs to 60 volumes and a total of 63m words, while the online version available here from Islington Libraries is updated three times per year, in January, May and September. Biographies in the online version now include people who died in or before 2008. No living person is included and individuals who have died in the past three years will be added in subsequent updates and periodic printed supplements.