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Author W.P. Kinsella dies at 81; wrote the novel that became ‘Field of Dreams'

Author W.P. Kinsella dies at 81; wrote the novel that became ‘Field of Dreams'

Canadian novelist W.P. Kinsella, who blended magical realism and baseball in the book that became the smash hit film “Field of Dreams,” has died. He was 81. 

His literary agent, Carolyn Swayze, said in a statement that Kinsella's death on Friday in Hope, British Columbia was doctor-assisted. Details about his health were not disclosed. Assisted deaths became legal in Canada in June. 

In the 1982 novel “Shoeless Joe,” a farmer hears a voice telling him to build a baseball diamond in his corn fields. When he does, Shoeless Joe Jackson and other baseball players of yesteryear come to play. It became the blueprint for the 1989 Oscar-nominated...

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