PETER MATTHIESSEN: Novelist, naturalist, writer of “The Snow Leopard” – and CIA-agent

In late September of 1973, I set out with GS on a journey to the Crystal Mountain…

With those words Peter Matthiessen’s book “The Snow Leopard” begins.

On April 5, 2014 the American novelist, naturalist, wilderness writer and CIA-agent died – at the age of 86. He was a three-time National Book Award winner. Co-founder of the literary magazine “The Paris Review”. And: He also was a prominent environmental activist.

In a 2008 interview with American television talk show host and journalist Charlie Rose, Matthiessen revealed that he “invented The Paris Review as cover” for his CIA-activities.

“The Snow Leopard”, his 1978 nonfictional book about nature and traveling, is an account of his two-month search for the snow leopard with naturalist George Schaller, mentioned as GS in the book’s first lines. The search took place in the Dolpo region on the Tibetan Plateau in the Himalayas.

Read a Google Books excerpt here.

NOWNESS, “a global culture platform for digital storytelling, premiering exclusive daily content” [source], recently published a video by filmmaker Rebecca Dreyfus. For “On Meditation”, her series of personal shorts, she portrayed Peter Matthiessen…

Watch the video here.

Below you find a video (uploaded by tomato22) showing Peter Matthiessen at the 2010 prague writers’ festival.

More about that:
Wikipedia about Peter Matthiessen

 

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