NEW YORK (AFP): Globetrotting US naturalist and writer Peter Matthiessen, known for books such as “At Play in the Fields of the Lord,” has died at his New York state home, his publisher said Saturday. He was 86. “Peter passed away this evening. We are honored to have known him and his beautiful and wild mind,” his publisher Riverhead Books said in a statement. Matthiessen, who reportedly had been treated for leukemia in the past year, had been awaiting publication of his final novel, “In Paradise,” April 8, Riverhead confirmed.

Matthiessen was among the founders of the prestigious literary magazine The Paris Review.