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Peter Matthiessen
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Peter Matthiessen was born in New York City in 1927 and had already begun his writing career by the time he graduated from Yale University in 1950. The following year, he was a founder of The Paris Review. Besides At Play in the Fields of the Lord, which was nominated for the National Book Award, he has published six other works of fiction, including Far Tortuga and Killing Mister Watson. Mr. Matthiessen's parallel career as a naturalist and explorer has resulted in numerous widely acclaimed books of nonfiction, among them The Tree Where Man Was Born, which was nominated for the... Read More

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African Silences

Written by Peter Matthiessen


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 30, 1992
Price: $14.95

African Silences is a powerful and sobering account of the cataclysmic depredation of the African landscape and its wildlife. Matthiessen explores the human lives oppressed by bankrupt political regimes and economies.  He finds an entire community threatened by ravaged land and wildlife, a catastrophe to which they have only begun to awaken.

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African Silences

Written by Peter Matthiessen


Format: eBook, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 25, 2012
Price: $11.99

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At Play in the Fields of the Lord

Written by Peter Matthiessen


Format: eBook, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 2, 2012
Price: $13.99

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At Play in the Fields of the Lord

Written by Peter Matthiessen


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 3, 1991
Price: $16.95

Set in the South American jungle, this thriller follows the clash between two misplaced gringos--one who has come to convert the Indians to Christianity, and one who has been hired to kill them. Read more >
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Bone by Bone
Shadow Country Trilogy (3)
Written by Peter Matthiessen


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 18, 2000
Price: $16.00

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Far Tortuga
A Novel
Written by Peter Matthiessen


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 12, 1988
Price: $18.00

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Far Tortuga
A Novel
Written by Peter Matthiessen


Format: eBook, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 25, 2012
Price: $13.99

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Killing Mister Watson

Written by Peter Matthiessen


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 30, 1991
Price: $15.95

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Killing Mister Watson

Written by Peter Matthiessen


Format: eBook, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 22, 2012
Price: $11.99

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Lost Man's River
Shadow Country Trilogy (2)
Written by Peter Matthiessen


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 29, 1998
Price: $16.00

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Lost Man's River
Shadow Country Trilogy (2)
Written by Peter Matthiessen


Format: eBook, 560 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 22, 2012
Price: $11.99

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Men's Lives

Written by Peter Matthiessen


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 12, 1988
Price: $17.00

An eloquent portrayal of a disappearing way of life of the Long Island fishermen whose voices--humorous, bitter and bewildered--are as clear as the threatened beauty of their once quiet shore. Read more >
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Men's Lives

Written by Peter Matthiessen


Format: eBook, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 25, 2012
Price: $16.99

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On the River Styx
And Other Stories
Written by Peter Matthiessen


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 30, 1991
Price: $15.00

This stunning collection of short stories, available for the first time in paperback, spans more than three decades of writing by one of the most acclaimed literary voices of our time.



"These compelling tales of elemental fear and ever-pressing silence culminate in the great, dark and desperate final story, a masterful piece... Read more >
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On the River Styx
And Other Stories
Written by Peter Matthiessen


Format: eBook, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 9, 2012
Price: $11.99

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The Peter Matthiessen Reader

Written by Peter Matthiessen
Introduction by Mckay Jenkins


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 4, 2000
Price: $17.95

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Shadow Country

Written by Peter Matthiessen


Format: Trade Paperback, 912 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 26, 2008
Price: $18.00

2008 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER

Peter Matthiessen’s great American epic–Killing Mister Watson, Lost Man’s River, and Bone by Bone–was conceived as one vast mysterious novel, but because of its length it was originally broken up into three books. In this bold new rendering, Matthiessen has cut nearly a third of the overall... Read more >
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Shadow Country

Written by Peter Matthiessen


Format: Hardcover, 912 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 8, 2008
Price: $40.00

Peter Matthiessen’s great American epic–Killing Mister Watson, Lost Man’s River, and Bone by Bone–was conceived as one vast mysterious novel, but because of its length it was originally broken up into three books. In this bold new rendering, Matthiessen has cut nearly a third of the overall text and collapsed the... Read more >
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Shadow Country

Written by Peter Matthiessen


Format: eBook
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 19, 2008
Price: $13.99

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