Author, co-founder of The Paris Review, Peter Matthiessen died at the age of 86 at his home in Sagaponak, New York. One of the greatest writers of the post-World-War-II generation—no small feat in a class of talents like Gore Vidal, Norman Mailer, and William Styron—he was an early naturalist and an elegant novelist. Like so many of his generation, Mattheissen was a military man (Navy, in his case); unlike the others, he was also clandestinely working for the CIA during the early TPR years. The only writer to ever win the National Book Award for both fiction and nonfiction, he was a Zen master, a spiritual seeker. In a profile printed just days before Matthiessen's death, The New York Times noted, "As early as 1978, he was already being referred to ... as a 'throwback,' because he has always seemed to be of a different, earlier era, with universal, spiritual and essentially timeless concerns."