Revelando, imortalizando histórias e talentos
8.4.14

American novelist Peter Matthiessen, whose notable works include At Play in the Fields of the Lord, has died at the age of 86 following leukaemia.

 

 

 

NEW YORK, USA - The New York-born writer was also a committed environmentalist and adventurer, who wrote about his travels in the wilderness.  Among his other books were The Snow Leopard and Shadow Country. His latest novel, In Paradise, is due to be published on Tuesday. Matthiessen's publisher said the author had been diagnosed with leukaemia and had been ill "for some months" prior to his death at a New York hospital.

 

After graduating from Yale University, he travelled to France and co-founded literary journal The Paris Review, with fellow author George Plimpton. Although the publication was a success - it is still running today - Matthiessen yearned for the US and returned home, mixing with the likes of artists Jackson Pollock and Wilem de Kooning.

 

In the 1960s, he shunned his wealthy upbringing to embrace Buddhist teachings, becoming a Zen priest, and during the same decade began gaining acclaim for his writing. The novel was turned into a film in 1991 - starring John Lithgow and Darryl Hannah - after the late producer Saul Zaentz spent more than 25 years trying to buy the rights.

 

Matthiessen travelled to Antarctica, the Himalayas and Australia to write about the environment and the wilderness, as well as exploring wildlife in America. The Snow Leopard - which won the National Book Award for non-fiction in 1980 - retold his two-month Himalayan trip to search for the elusive snow leopard.

 

In 2008, he published Shadow Country - which brought together his "Watson trilogy", which he began in the 1980s, into one re-edited story. It went on to win the National Book prize. Matthiessen was married three times, and had four children.

 

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 George W Bush exhibition

 

Former US president George W Bush has unveiled portraits of 24 world leaders he met while in office, as part of an exhibition of his paintings that opens on Saturday in Dallas. Talking to his daughter Jenna Bush Hager on NBC’s Today show, Bush said that he was inspired to take up painting after reading a Winston Churchill essay, Painting as a Pastime.

Credit: BBC.CO.UK

 

LISBON - He embraced his artistic side after leaving office in 2009, and says he told his instructor: "There's a Rembrandt trapped in this body. Your job is to unleash him." Can any other politicians rival him for artistic talent? Here are five contenders.

 

Winston Churchill

 

He won the 1953 Nobel Prize in Literature "for his mastery of historical and biographical description as well as for brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values" – but Churchill’s real passion lay in painting. The former British Prime Minister won an amateur prize in 1925, and submitted canvases to exhibitions in Paris under the pseudonym Charles Morin. 

 

Jimmy Carter

 

While running for office, Jimmy Carter – US president between 1977 and 1981 – admitted: "I've looked on a lot of women with lust. I've committed adultery in my heart many times." The former peanut farmer did not always use the words of a politician.

 

Dwight D Eisenhower

 

The former US president took up painting in 1948 when he was almost 60, inspired by his friend Churchill. But by his death 21 years later he had completed over 250 works. 

 

Vladimir Putin

 

Not happy simply to project an image of outdoorsy machismo, the Russian president has a softer side. After shooting a tiger with a tranquiliser dart and firing a crossbow at a whale from a speedboat, Putin rounded off 2010 by singing a rendition of Louis Armstrong’s Blueberry Hill. 

 

usilo Bambang Yudhoyono

 

The Indonesian president serenaded Putin with a birthday song at the Apec summit in October 2013. But Yudhoyono has musical talents that extend beyond impromptu singalongs: he was in a band in his youth, and has released three pop albums in office. 

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