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Peter Matthiessen

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Peter Matthiessen


Born
in New York City, The United States
May 22, 1927

Died
April 05, 2014

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Peter Matthiessen is the author of more than thirty books and the only writer to win the National Book Award for both non-fiction (The Snow Leopard, in two categories, in 1979 and 1980) and fiction (Shadow Country, in 2008). A co-founder of The Paris Review and a world-renowned naturalist, explorer and activist, he died in April 2014.

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The Snow Leopard

4.06 avg rating — 16,604 ratings — published 1978 — 64 editions
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Shadow Country

4.06 avg rating — 4,948 ratings — published 2008 — 22 editions
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In the Spirit of Crazy Hors...

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4.22 avg rating — 3,968 ratings — published 1983 — 22 editions
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At Play in the Fields of th...

4.02 avg rating — 2,959 ratings — published 1965 — 39 editions
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In Paradise

3.39 avg rating — 2,643 ratings — published 2014 — 21 editions
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Killing Mister Watson (Shad...

3.83 avg rating — 1,718 ratings — published 1990 — 18 editions
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Far Tortuga

3.93 avg rating — 1,128 ratings — published 1975 — 14 editions
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The Tree Where Man Was Born

3.97 avg rating — 866 ratings — published 1972 — 25 editions
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Lost Man's River

3.92 avg rating — 465 ratings — published 1997 — 15 editions
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The Cloud Forest: A Chronic...

3.70 avg rating — 443 ratings — published 1961 — 20 editions
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Quotes by Peter Matthiessen  (?)
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“The secret of the mountain is that the mountains simply exist, as I do myself: the mountains exist simply, which I do not. The mountains have no "meaning," they are meaning; the mountains are. The sun is round. I ring with life, and the mountains ring, and when I can hear it, there is a ringing that we share. I understand all this, not in my mind but in my heart, knowing how meaningless it is to try to capture what cannot be expressed, knowing that mere words will remain when I read it all again, another day.”
Peter Matthiessen, The Snow Leopard

“When we are mired in the relative world, never lifting our gaze to the mystery, our life is stunted, incomplete; we are filled with yearning for that paradise that is lost when, as young children, we replace it with words and ideas and abstractions - such as merit, such as past, present, and future - our direct, spontaneous experience of the thing itself, in the beauty and precision of this present moment.”
Peter Matthiessen

“Soon the child’s clear eye is clouded over by ideas and opinions, preconceptions, and abstractions. Simple free being becomes encrusted with the burdensome armor of the ego. Not until years later does an instinct come that a vital sense of mystery has been withdrawn. The sun glints through the pines and the heart is pierced in a moment of beauty and strange pain, like a memory of paradise. After that day, we become seekers.”
Peter Matthiessen

Polls

March is literary/general fiction month and we will be voting on books which were Man Booker eligible, nominees for the Longlist, Shortlist or winners. I'll list which, and what year, next to each title. Pol is open until February 15.

Oryx and Crake Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam, #1) by Margaret Atwood Margaret Atwood (Shortlist, 2003)
 
  2 votes, 50.0%

In Paradise In Paradise by Peter Matthiessen Peter Matthiessen (MB eligible 2014)
 
  1 vote, 25.0%

Chatterton Chatterton by Peter Ackroyd Peter Ackroyd (Shortlist, 1987)
 
  1 vote, 25.0%

The Bone Clocks The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell David Mitchell (Longlist, 2014)
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

The Black Prince The Black Prince by Iris Murdoch Iris Murdoch (Shortlist, 1973)
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

Sacred Hunger Sacred Hunger (Sacred Hunger #1) by Barry Unsworth Barry Unsworth (Winner, 1992)
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

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