Peter Matthiessen | Acclaimed writer, 86
His publisher, Geoff Kloske of Riverhead Books, said Mr. Matthiessen, who had been diagnosed with leukemia, was ill "for some months."
Mr. Matthiessen helped found the Paris Review, one of the most influential literary magazines, and won National Book Awards for The Snow Leopard, his spiritual account of the Himalayas, and Shadow Country. His new novel, In Paradise, is scheduled for publication Tuesday.
Mr. Matthiessen became a Zen Buddhist in the 1960s and was later a Zen priest who met daily with a fellow group of practitioners in a meditation hut that he converted from an old stable. The granite-faced author, rugged and athletic into his 80s, tried to live out a modern version of the Buddhist legend, a child of privilege transformed by the discovery of suffering.
He was married three times, most recently to Maria Eckhart, whom he wed in 1980. He had four children, two each from his first two marriages. - AP