Peter Matthiessen, American novelist, naturalist, and wilderness writer, died at age 86 on April, 5, 2014 in his home in Sagaponack, N.Y.. He was born in New York City in 1927 and graduated from Yale University in 1950, already a published writer. The following year, he helped to found The Paris Review. His passion for adventure, the natural world, truth, and environmental activism imbued his writing with credibility and an unique kind of spiritual authenticity. He won a National Book Award in fiction and nonfiction for Shadow County and The Snow Leopard. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1974. He will be missed, yet his work will be appreciated for a long time. Matthiessen’s final novel, In Paradise, was published on April 8, by Riverhead Books. Listen to Matthiessen on NPR.
Peter Matthiessen's final novel 'In Paradise'
In his final novel, Matthiessen explores the nature of human cruelty. In what begins as a meditation of what happens long ago, the range of human nature finds expression. In Paradise
'The Birds of Heaven: Travels with Cranes'
Accompany a cogent adventurer on a worldwide tableau and quest for all the subspecies of cranes. How can a tale of endangerment and lost wilderness delight and inspire awe? Matthiessen wrote it. The Birds of Heaven: Travels with Cranes
NBA winner 'Shadow Country'
The riches and dangers of Everglades serve as the stage and character during the lawless nineteenth-century. A reimagined masterpiece that joined literary works and compressed timelines--the editing akin to sharpening a knife. Shadow Country