We lost of the greatest outdoor writers and outdoorsmen…
RIP Jim Harrison.
Jim Harrison, one of the most prolific writers in contemporary American fiction, died on Saturday in his Patagonia, Arizona home. He was 78.
His publisher, Grove Atlantic, confirmed the news, The New York Times reported. The cause of death has yet to be determined.
Described as “a man of prodigious memory and free-wheeling brilliance and erudition,” Harrison penned nearly 40 books in his lifetime, including the novels “Wolf” and “A Good Day to Die,” books of essays and poetry and a memoir. But he was best known for “Legends of the Fall,” a collection of novellas whose title work was made into a film starring Brad Pitt and Anthony Hopkins. The picture won the Academy Award for best cinematography in 1995.
An avid outdoorsman who spent much of his life writing in solitude surrounded by natural beauty — first in rural Michigan, then Montana and Arizona — Harrison showcased his love for the American wilderness in his work.
“His books glisten with love of the world, and are as grounded as Thoreau’s in the particulars of American place — its rivers and thickets, its highways and taverns,” literary critic Will Blythe wrote in a 2007 review of Harrison’s novel “Returning to Earth.”
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