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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Author Thomas Berger dies aged 89

Published 22/07/2014 | 06:49

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Dustin Hoffman starred in the film of Little Big Man, adapted from the book by Thomas Berger, who has died in New York

The witty novelist who reimagined the American West in the historical yarn Little Big Man has died in New York. Thomas Berger was 89.

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Berger mastered genres ranging from detective stories to domestic farce. Literary agent Cristina Concepcion says he died on July 13, days before his 90th birthday. He had been in failing health.

Berger was one of the last major authors to have served in the Second World War. He wrote more than 20 books, including The Feud, a finalist for the 1984 Pulitzer Prize.

His biggest mainstream success was Little Big Man, published in 1964. It is the wry tale of 111-year-old Jack Crabb, who says he fought with the Cherokees in the Battle of Little Big Horn. It was adapted into a 1970 movie of the same name, starring Dustin Hoffman.

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