Writer Matthiessen to read
Vol. 17, No. 22March 5, 1998

Writer Matthiessen to read

Award-winning author Peter Matthiessen will read from his new novel, The Man Who Killed Belle Starr, at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 19, in Room 006 Kirkbride Lecture Hall. The reading is free and open to the public.

Matthiessen's writing career spans nearly 40 years, including work as a fiction writer and a journalist. He has published numerous books, most recently Lost Man's River, as well as essays and articles. His first book, Wildlife in America, is part of the permanent collection in the White House. The Snow Leopard, published in 1978, won the American Book Award and the National Book Award, and Sand Rivers won the John Burroughs Medal and African Wildlife Leadership Foundation Award in 1982. Matthiessen also was a founder of The Paris Review in the 1950s.

Many of Matthiessen's works focus on the threat of industrialization and cultural colonialism on humans and places around the world. Some chronicle the few remaining members of a tribe or of an endangered species in such locations as Africa, New Guinea, or the Amazon jungle.

In African Silences Matthiessen writes, "Almost half of the earth's living things, many as yet undiscovered, live in this green world that is shrinking fast to a small patch on the earth's surface."

A collection of Matthiessen's nonfiction writing, collected, edited and introduced by Mckay Jenkins, English, will be published in the spring of 1999 by the Vintage Press.

The reading is sponsored by the UD Department of English. For more information, call 831-1974.