Peter Matthiessen

American writer Peter Matthiessen chronicled nature and wildlife in over 30 books throughout his lifetime. His style mixed a lyrical structure with an unwavering intellectual prowess, best exemplified in his 1965 novel ... Read more »
Born: 05/22/1927 in New York, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (6)

Knight of Cups 2016 (Movie)

Christopher (Actor)

The Hadza: Last of the First 2014 (Movie)

(Himself)

Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton As Himself 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

William Styron: The Way of the Writer 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Seekers of the Lost Treasure 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Adventure 1986 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (2)

At Play in the Fields of the Lord 1991 (Movie)

("At Play in the Fields of the Lord") (Source Material (from novel))

The Young One 1959 (Movie)

("Travellin' Man") (Source Material (from novel))
Other (1)

Never Cry Wolf 1983 (Movie)

wildlife consultant (Consultant)

Biography

American writer Peter Matthiessen chronicled nature and wildlife in over 30 books throughout his lifetime. His style mixed a lyrical structure with an unwavering intellectual prowess, best exemplified in his 1965 novel <i>At Play in the Fields of the Lord</i> and <i>The Snow Leopard</i>, his non-fiction book from 1978. An avid traveler, Matthiessen visited the furthest reaches of the globe throughout his life, which he often detailed in his writing, and continued publishing books up until his death. His final novel, <i>In Paradise</i>, was published on April 8, 2014, three days after Matthiessen died from leukemia at the age of 86. As one of the defining American literary figures of the second half of the twentieth century, Matthiessen's life and legacy will only reach further esteem as new generations of writers and readers discover his work.

EDUCATION

Yale University

Majored in English, studied Zoology

Milestones

2014

Final novel, <i>In Paradise</i>, is released

2008

Won a National Book Award for <i>Shadow Country</i>

1991

Movie version of <i>At Play in the Fields of the Lord</i> is released

1979

Won a National Book Award for <i>The Snow Leopard</i>

1965

<i>At Play in the Fields of the Lord</i> is published

Bonus Trivia

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Although he co-founded the The Paris Review in 1953, Matthiessen later admitted that he used the magazine as a cover his covert CIA operations.

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Matthiessen was an avid world traveler throughout his life, which he often wrote about in his books.

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He is the only writer to have ever won National Book Awards in both the fiction and nonfiction categories.

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Matthiessen was a childhood friend of writer George Plimpton, who would later go on to serve as The Paris Review's first editor.

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Matthiessen died three days before the publication of his final novel, In Paradise.

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