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Susan Fromberg Schaeffer dies at 71; wrote 'Buffalo Afternoon'
Susan Fromberg Schaeffer dies at 71; wrote 'Buffalo Afternoon'

Susan Fromberg Schaeffer, a poet and novelist whose well-regarded 1989 novel "Buffalo Afternoon" examined the Vietnam War and its long and complex echo throughout American life, died Friday in Chicago. She was 71. Fromberg Schaeffer, who had been a visiting professor at the University of Chicago, suffered a stroke 2 1/2 years ago, forcing her retirement, and never recovered her speech or mobility. A second stroke last week was the cause of death, said her husband, Neil Schaeffer. The author once said she had been a "radical pessimist" — until she spent several years talking to Vietnam veterans as part of her research for writing "Buffalo Afternoon." That...

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