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Shadow Country

A New Rendering of the Watson Legend

Shadow Country( )
Author: Matthiessen, Peter
Series title:Modern Library
ISBN:978-0-679-64019-6
Publication Date:Apr 2008
Publisher:Random House Publishing Group
Imprint:Modern Library
Book Format:Hardback
List Price:USD $40.00
Book Description:

2008 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER Peter Matthiessen''s great American epic-Killing Mister Watson, Lost Man''s River, and Bone by Bone-was conceived as one vast mysterious novel, but because of its length it was originally broken up into three books. In this bold new rendering, Matthiessen has cut nearly a third of the overall text and collapsed the time frame while deepening the insights and motivations of his characters with brilliant rewriting throughout. In...
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Book Details
Pages:912
Detailed Subjects: Fiction / Biographical
Fiction / Crime
Fiction / Historical / General
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):5.86 x 8.29 x 2.03 Inches
Book Weight:2.188 Pounds
Author Biography
Matthiessen, Peter (Author)
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.

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