Christopher Hitchens' Final Memoir to Be Released Next Year

8:37 AM PST 12/16/2011 by Philiana Ng
Christopher Hitchens

"Mortality" will consist of the late writer's essays, publisher Atlantic Books said.

Christopher Hitchens' last memoir is set for release early next year, publisher Atlantic Books said.

Vanity Fair's controversial writer and cable news pundit died at 62 on Thursday of pneumonia after a battle with esophageal cancer.

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"There will never be another like Christopher," the magazine's editor, Graydon Carter, said in a statement. "A man of ferocious intellect, who was as vibrant on the page as he was at the bar. Those who read him felt they knew him, and those who knew him were profoundly fortunate souls."

The upcoming memoir will be a compilation of Hitchens' essays and will be called Mortality, the Guardian reports. A spokesperson for Atlantic Books said the book had been in the works for some time.

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Atlantic Books published Hitchens' best-seller God Is Not Great, Hitch-22 and Arguably, a collection of essays. Chief executive Toby Mundy said it was an honor to have worked with Hitchens as his publisher for the past seven years.

"There is no one like Christopher Hitchens. He was the most brilliant and versatile non-fiction writer of modern times, whose prodigious output was of stunningly high quality, a showcase for his vast range, deep knowledge and fierce wit. When he was diagnosed with cancer, he faced it with characteristic honesty, courage and rigour," said Mundy. "He is, quite simply, irreplaceable."

Over the years, Hitchens took aim at several high-profile personalities, including Michael Moore, Mel Gibson, Bill Clinton, Bob Hope, George W. Bush, Sean Hannity, Billy Graham, Ronald Reagan, Princess Diana, Prince Charles, Jerry Falwell, Henry Kissinger, the Dalai Lama and Mother Teresa.

Hitchens cut his promotional tour for Hitch-22 short om 2010 to seek treatment for his cancer.

Kimberly Nordyke contributed to this report.

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