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Naturalist author Peter Matthiessen dies at 86

Published on Apr 6, 2014 10:52 AM

NEW YORK (AFP) - Globetrotting United States (US) naturalist and writer Peter Matthiessen, known for books such as At Play In The Fields Of The Lord, has died at his New York state home, his publisher said on Saturday. He was 86.

"Peter passed away this evening. We are honoured to have known him and his beautiful and wild mind," his publisher Riverhead Books said in a statement.

Matthiessen, who reportedly had been treated for leukaemia in the past year, had been awaiting publication of his final novel, In Paradise, on April 8, Riverhead confirmed.

Matthiessen was among the founders of the prestigious literary magazine The Paris Review.

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