Nebraska Authors

Jim Harrison

Died 2016-03-26
Patagonia, AZ

A distinguished and prolific American writer, Harrison's best known fiction includes Dalva , 1988, and The Road Home, 1998. In these two books, Harrison offered a multi-generational tale of a Nebraska Sandhills family, though he had never lived in Nebraska, and is not, by our definition, a Nebraska author. However, he did make many visits to the Nebraska Sand Hills, starting in 1954, at age 16. Harrison was also a long time correspondent and friend of Nebraska poet, Ted Kooser, and the exchange of short poems between the two writers culminated in a book: Braided Creek: A Conversation in Poetry, 2003. Both circumstances lead to inquiries, so he remains in the database. After Harrison's death, Ted Kooser wrote a memorial article for the Lincoln Journal Star (appeared March 29, 2016).

Places Lived

Lake Leelenau, MI

Author Of

  • Biography
  • Fiction
  • Poetry


Nebraska Related titles only:
Dalva. 1988.
The Road Home. 1998.
Braided Creek, a Conversation in Poetry.. 2003. (with Ted Kooser)

Harrison's novel, Legends of the Fall, was the basis for a movie with Anthony Hopkins and Brad Pitt.

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