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Jim Harrison, ‘Legends of the Fall’ Author, Dies at 78

Novella was adapted for 1994 Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins film

Prolific writer Jim Harrison died on Saturday. He was 78.

Among his many works, the author penned “Legends of the Fall,” a novella that was adapted for the 1994 film that starred Brad Pitt and Anthony Hopkins.

The novella and resulting movie followed three brothers and their father living in the remote wilderness of 1900s America, and how their lives were affected by nature, history, war, love and betrayal. It was adapted by Susan Shilliday and William D. Wittliff, and directed by Edward Zwick.

The outdoors was a common theme in Harrison’s works, which included 39 books of fiction, poetry and essays.

Extending Harrison’s relationship with Hollywood, in 2009, he was featured in an episode of Anthony Bourdain‘s television show “No Reservations.”

TheWrap confirmed his passing through his publisher, Grove Atlantic. No cause of death was given.

“His unwavering support of this old-fashioned independent literary publisher was one of the reasons we have survived and thrived,” Publisher & CEO of Grove Atlantic Morgan Entrekin said in a statement. “America has lost one of its greatest writers, but those of us at Grove Atlantic have lost a member of our family. Our thoughts are with the Harrison family and his many friends all over the world. Jim is gone but his work will live on.”

Harrison died at his home in Patagonia, Arizona, where he was reportedly working on a poem — his preferred genre. Harrison’s wife, Linda King, passed away last October. The couple is survived by their two daughters.