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Jim Harrison (1937 - 2016)

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Jim Harrison (1937 - 2016)

Jim Harrison, the author known best for “Legends of the Fall,” has died at 78, according to The Associated Press.

Spokeswoman Deb Seager of Grove Atlantic, Harrison's publisher, told The Associated Press that Harrison died Saturday at his home in Patagonia, Arizona. She did not know the cause of death.

“Legends of the Fall” was published in 1979. The book tells the story of a father and his three sons who live in the northern Rocky Mountains during World War I. The story follows them through a 50-year period. The book was turned into a movie starring Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, and Aidan Quinn.

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Some of his other novels include "Sundog" and "Dalva."

Harrison later wrote screenplays for Hollywood films including “Revenge,” which starred Kevin Costner, and “Wolf,” which starred Jack Nicholson.

He also wrote for many magazines including Esquire and Rolling Stone.

Harrison's wife, Linda King Harrison, died last fall.

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