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Peter Matthiessen dies at 86; novelist and naturalist
Peter Matthiessen dies at 86; novelist and naturalist

In interviews, Peter Matthiessen always had to answer, in his correct, patrician tones, a question seldom put to other writers: Just what kind of writer, exactly, are you? The confusion was understandable. Matthiessen, the only writer to win the National Book Award in both fiction and nonfiction, was both an elegant novelist and a rugged naturalist, a traveler known for his graceful yet spare descriptions of the wildest places on Earth. -------------------- FOR THE RECORD: Peter Matthiessen: In the April 7 LATExtra section, the obituary of Peter Matthiessen, author of "The Snow Leopard," said that he died at a hospital near his home in Sagaponack, N.Y. He died at home. ...

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