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Peter Matthiessen (1) [1927–2014]

This page covers the author of The Snow Leopard.

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Peter Matthiessen was born in Manhattan, New York on May 22, 1927. He served in the Navy at Pearl Harbor. He graduated with a degree in English from Yale University in 1950. It was around this time that he was recruited by the CIA and traveled to Paris, where he became acquainted with several young expatriate American writers. In the postwar years the CIA covertly financed magazines and cultural programs to counter the spread of Communism. While in Paris, he helped found The Paris Review in 1953. After returning to the United States, he worked as a commercial fisherman and the captain of a charter fishing boat. His first novel, Race Rock, was published in 1954. His other fiction works include Partisans, Raditzer, Far Tortuga, and In Paradise. His novel, Shadow Country, won a National Book Award. His novel, At Play in the Fields of the Lord, was made into a movie. He started writing nonfiction after divorcing his first wife. An assignment for Sports Illustrated to report on American endangered species led to the book Wildlife in America, which was published in 1959. His travels took him to Asia, Australia, South America, Africa, New Guinea, the Florida swamps, and beneath the ocean. These travels led to articles in The New Yorker as well as numerous nonfiction books including The Cloud Forest: A Chronicle of the South American Wilderness, Under the Mountain Wall: A Chronicle of Two Seasons of Stone Age New Guinea, Blue Meridian: The Search for the Great White Shark, The Tree Where Man Was Born, and Men's Lives. The Snow Leopard won the 1979 National Book Award for nonfiction. He died from leukemia on April 5, 2014 at the age of 86. (Bowker Author Biography)
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The Snow Leopard 2,526 copies, 52 reviews
Shadow Country 1,165 copies, 38 reviews
In the Spirit of Crazy Horse 1,041 copies, 6 reviews
At Play in the Fields of the Lord 879 copies, 14 reviews
Killing Mister Watson 715 copies, 8 reviews
Far Tortuga 514 copies, 8 reviews
In Paradise 429 copies, 46 reviews
The Tree Where Man Was Born 383 copies, 6 reviews
Lost Man's River 277 copies
African Silences 238 copies, 2 reviews
Wildlife in America 238 copies, 1 review
Bone by Bone 221 copies, 4 reviews
Indian Country 219 copies
Tigers in the Snow 166 copies, 3 reviews
Sand Rivers 159 copies, 1 review
Men's Lives 142 copies, 2 reviews
Raditzer 53 copies
The Peter Matthiessen Reader 43 copies, 2 reviews
Race Rock 41 copies
Partisans 35 copies
Zen and the Writing Life 12 copies, 1 review
Seal pool 7 copies
No Boundaries 7 copies
Silent Spring (Introduction, some editions) 5,913 copies, 89 reviews
North American Indians (Introduction, some editions) 424 copies, 3 reviews
The Portable Sixties Reader (Contributor) 308 copies, 3 reviews
Bad Trips (Contributor) 224 copies, 6 reviews
Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean (Introduction, some editions) 86 copies, 5 reviews
Totch: A Life in the Everglades (Foreword) 52 copies, 1 review
Antaeus No. 63, Autumn 1989 (Contributor) 13 copies
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