February 20, 2011 By

Writer-Environmentalist Peter Matthiessen Dies

peter1American novelist-environmentalist Peter Matthiessen died at a New York hospital following leukemia. He was eighty six. Matthiessen’s publisher said the author had been diagnosed with leukemia and had been ill “for some months”.

Born in New York in 1927 into a wealthy family, Matthiessen co-founded the literary journal The Paris Review along the fellow writer-adventurer George Plimpton. He produced acclaimed works like The Snow Leopard and Shadow Country, both winning National Book Awards, a spiritual account of the Himalayas and At Play in the Fields of the Lord. His new novel, In Paradise, is due to be published on Tuesday. He gave up his wealthy life and embraced Buddhism in the 1960s becoming a Zen priest.

Matthiessen was married thrice and has four children.

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