Jim Harrison, Author Of ‘Legends Of The Fall’, Dies

Posted: Mar 28 2016, 9:44am CDT | by , Updated: Mar 28 2016, 8:07pm CDT, in Latest Celebrity News


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Jim Harrison, Author of ‘Legends of the Fall’, Dies
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Jim Harrison was best known for his 1979 novella "Legends of the Fall." He was 78 years old.

Jim Harrison, the prolific novelist, poet and essayist, died on Saturday at his home in Patagonia, Arizona, He was 78 years old.

Harrison was best known for his 1979 novella “Legends of the Fall,” which was later adapted into a hit movie under the same name. The story revolves around a family of three brothers and father living in the wilderness of Montana in early 20th century before the World War I.

Jim Harrison was born in Grayling, Michigan in 1937. He became blind in left eye after an accident in childhood. He authored more than 30 books including novels, collection of poems and essays.

Harrison was a versatile writer but he didn’t find success until later in his career. He was called by one critic “a force of nature on the page” and his work was often compared to that of Ernest Hemingway.

His book “Legends of the Fall” was the collection of three novellas which was admired worldwide. His other notable work includes “Dalva”, “Julip”, “The Woman Lit by Fireflies” and “True North.” His last collection of novella was “The Ancient Minstrel” published in 2016.

Harrison was also the co-writer and producer of 1994 movie “Wolf” starring Jack Nicolson as aging publisher whose career gets a new life after he is bitten by a wolf.

In recent years, he penned a memoir “Off to the Side” and poetry books including “Saving Daylight”, “Songs of Unreason” and “Dead Man’s Float”.

Jim Harrison is survived by two children.

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