Final novel, In Paradise, is released
Won a National Book Award for Shadow Country
Movie version of At Play in the Fields of the Lord is released
Won a National Book Award for The Snow Leopard
At Play in the Fields of the Lord is published
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.
Matthiessen was an avid world traveler throughout his life, which he often wrote about in his books.
He is the only writer to have ever won National Book Awards in both the fiction and nonfiction categories.
Matthiessen was a childhood friend of writer George Plimpton, who would later go on to serve as The Paris Review's first editor.