By Deb A.
“There's an elegiac quality in watching [American wilderness] go, because it's our own myth, the American frontier,
It is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century.
Award-winning author of fiction and nonfiction. Environmentalist. World traveler. Political activist. Zen Buddhist. Spy. Very few individuals can lay claim to even half of these titles; Peter Matthiessen held them all.
The author of over 30 books, including "The Snow Leopard" and "At Play in the Fields of the Lord", died yesterday of leukemia at the age of 86. His literary legacy is a winding one that includes The Paris Review – he co-founded the legendary literature review as a cover during his brief stint with the CIA – and National Book Awards in both fiction (for "Shadow Country") and nonfiction ("The Snow Leopard").
Fiction remained Matthiessen's true love, yet, despite his rejection of the title of 'nature writer', he was just as widely celebrated for his lyrical nonfiction, which was firmly anchored in the theme of nature and the havoc wreaked upon it by human beings.
Peter Matthiessen's final novel, "In Paradise", will be published April 8th.
“The secret of the mountain is that the mountains simply exist, as I do myself: the mountains exist simply, which I do not.
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