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    The son of a rich man, Peter Matthiessen, who lived his whole life at his own principles leaving the life of ease in favour of spiritual and physical challenges created such commended works as At Play in the Fields of the Lord and The Snow Leopard died on Saturday at the age of 86.
    Peter Matthiessen
    Matthiessen was the co-founder of one of the most influential literary magazines “The Paris Review” also won the National Book Awards for his spiritual account of the Himalayas “The Snow Leopard” and for “Shadow Country”. “In Paradise”, his new novel is scheduled for publication on Tuesday.

    He was a leading environmentalist and an awesome writer, he encompassed the paramount and most awful that nature could bring him whether enduring a hurricane in Antarctica, parrying sharks in Australia or trekking across the Himalayas.

    In the year 1960, he became Zen Buddhist and later became a Zen priest. Born in 1927, in New York, Matthiessen was the son of a wealthy conservationist and architect, Erard A. Matthiessen

    In one of his creation he once wrote “There’s an elegiac quality in watching (American wilderness) go, because it’s our own myth, the American frontier, that’s deteriorating before our eyes,” Another beautiful line he once wrote. “I feel a deep sorrow that my kids will never get to see what I’ve seen, and their kids will see nothing; there’s a deep sadness whenever I look at nature now.”

    Mostly all his fiction work ranging from Bone by Bone to At Play in the Fields of the Lord bequeathed a lion-like aura upon tragic when exploited, dangerous when provoked and nature grand when respected.

    He did three marriages; the most recent one was in 1980 with Maria Eckhart. He didn’t have any kid from his last marriage though he had four kids, two from his earlier two marriages.

    His former novels were short and cautious efforts Raditzer and Partisans, Race Rock which structures a well-off young guy who confides “his ignorance of human misery.” While having short of money he also wrote for such magazines as Holiday and Sports Illustrated.

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