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Robert Stone dies at 77; novelist focused on outsiders and dreamers

Robert Stone dies at 77; novelist focused on outsiders and dreamers

Robert Stone, the award-winning novelist who spun out tales of seekers, frauds and other misbegotten American dreamers in such works as "A Flag for Sunrise" and "Dog Soldiers," died Saturday. He was 77. Stone's death at his home in Key West, Fla., was caused by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, his literary agent, Neil Olson, told the Associated Press. An adventurer who in his 20s befriended Ken Kesey, Neal Cassady and what he called "all those crazies" of the counterculture, Stone had a fateful affinity for outsiders, especially those who brought hard times on themselves. Starting with the 1966 novel "A Hall of Mirrors," Stone set...

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