Peter Matthiessen is an American naturalist and author of historical fiction and non-fiction. He frequently focuses on American Indian issues and history, as in his detailed study of the Leonard Peltier case, “In the Spirit of Crazy Horse”. He co-founded the literary magazine “The Paris Review” in 1953.
His 1979 book, “The Snow Leopard”, won the Contemporary Thought category of the National Book Award. His novel “At Play in the Fields of the Lord”, was made into a Hollywood movie in 1991. His work on oceanographic research, “Blue Meridian”, with photographs by Peter A. Lake, documented the making of the film “Blue Water, White Death”. He has been the official State Author of New York, 1995-1997.
More recently, Matthiessen’s fiction trilogy “Killing Mr. Watson, Lost Man’s River” and “Bone by Bone” was based on accounts of Florida planter Edgar J. Watson’s death shortly after the Southwest Florida Hurricane of 1910. His non-fiction works include “The Peter Matthiessen Reader: Nonfiction”, and “Tigers in the Snow”.