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John Graves dies at 92; one of Texas' most celebrated authors

Author John Graves, whose 1960 book "Goodbye to a River" and authentic depictions of rural Texas made him one of the state's most celebrated and beloved writers, has died. He was 92. Graves died Wednesday at the home he called Hard Scrabble near Glen Rose, Texas, said W.K. "Kip" Stratton, president of the Texas Institute of Letters. Graves had been in declining health since breaking his hip several years ago. He was best known for "Goodbye to a River," a memoir of a canoe trip down the Brazos River that chronicled nature in masterful language and used history and philosophy to capture a sense of place. It has endured as one of the most acclaimed books...

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