I was taken by surprise over the weekend by the news of the death of Jim Harrison. Harrison was a Michigan literary legend whose poetry and championing of the novella form won him wide, high praise. Harrison’s Legends of the Fall was his best known work, earning big screen treatment with a script by Harrison and a cast that included Anthony Hopkins, Brad Pitt, Aidan Quinn and Henry Thomas.
Harrison’s poems, short stories, novellas, novels and essays were full of sensual observations about animals and the wild, food and eating, sex and love, smoking and drinking. He lived large but also long, passing away this past Saturday night at 78 at his winter home in Patagonia, AZ.
Here is Between A Dog And A Wolf, a French documentary that captures Harrison in his Michigan home and haunts in 1993.