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Peter Matthiessen (1927–2014)

Peter Matthiessen was born on May 22, 1927 in New York City, New York, USA. He was a writer, known for At Play in the Fields of the Lord (1991), The Young One (1960) and Dead Birds (1963). He was married to Maria Eckhart, Deborah Love and Patsy Southgage. He died on April 5, 2014 in Sagaponack, New York. See full bio »

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 1991 At Play in the Fields of the Lord (based on the novel by)
 1975 Fighting for Our Lives (Documentary)
 1963 Dead Birds (Documentary)
 1960 The Young One (story "Travellin' Man")
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 1983 Never Cry Wolf (wildlife consultant)
 1971 Blue Water, White Death (Documentary) (expedition historian)
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 2015 Knight of Cups
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 1992 Incident at Oglala (Documentary) (special thanks)
 1982 Fitzcarraldo (special thanks)
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 2012 Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself (Documentary)
 2006 Soil and Sand (Short)
 1992 Warrior: The Life of Leonard Peltier (Documentary)
 1987 Adventure (TV Series documentary)
 1971 Blue Water, White Death (Documentary)

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Novel: "The Snow Leopard" See more »

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In fiction, you have a rough idea what's coming next - sometimes you even make a little outline - but in fact you don't know. Each day is a whole new - and for me, a very invigorating - experience..In nonfiction, you have that limitation, that constraint, of telling the truth. See more »


He was a C.I.A. agent in Paris, a naturalist, and author of more than 30 books. He co-founded the Paris Review with his childhood friend George Plimpton. See more »

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