On April 7, 2014, fan Alton Ford shared memories about deceased author Peter Matthiessen. The award-winning author, 86, passed away from complications related to leukemia that he had been diagnosed with in 2012. He died on Saturday, April 5, 2014.
In addition, Matthiessen was a novelist, naturalist, and wilderness writer, and he was the co-founder of the literary magazine "The Paris Review."
Alton Ford, who resides in Fort Myers, Fla., had much to share about his and his family's memories when it came to Peter Matthiessen.
Alton, have you read any of Peter Matthiessen's works?
Do you have a favorite Matthiessen novel?
"Yes, I like 'Lost Man's River.' I like anything about nature and the wilderness, so his writing stirs many of my own memories. My wife was part of a re-enactment that was inspired by one of his books 'Killing Mister Watson.' So I guess that book might be my favorite!"
Did you meet the author?
"Yes, I did. Our youngest daughter Leah and myself met him at least once in Chokoloskee. It was during a re-enactment of his book 'Killing Mister Watson.' My wife played Mrs. Watson. He was very nice, down to earth. I remember him being very tall, and his 90 year old dad was with him. They sat up front at the play.
My wife was a little nervous knowing he was there, but everything went well. I have photographs of the event, including some of him, somewhere. The play was held outside on the water at the back of the Smallwood Store in the Everglades. Even boats pulled up to watch!"
Thank you Alton Ford for sharing with us. As a fan I'm sure you, and others, send condolences to Peter Matthiessen's family and friends.
A partial list of Peter Matthiessen's fiction includes "Race Rock," "At Play in the Fields of the Lord," "Far Tortuga," "The Watson Trilogy," "Killing Mister Watson," "Lost Man's River"...
A partial list of Peter Matthiesssen's nonfiction includes "The Snow Leopard," "African Silences," "Tigers in the Snow," "End of the Earth: Voyage to Antaractica"...
Matthiessen's death came three days before the publication of his final novel, "In Paradise" on April 8, 2014.