Author Reynolds Price dies at 77
Reynolds Price, a North Carolina novelist whose books about life in the South were revered by readers and critics alike, died Thursday, Jan. 20, in Durham, N.C. He was 77 and had a heart attack.
Price was considered one of the great stylists of modern fiction, sometimes combining a mandarin manner with the rich colloquial speech of his native North Carolina. His best-known books include "A Rich and Happy Life," "Kate Vaiden" and three volumes of memoirs.
In 1984, he became paralyzed from the waist down after a cancerous tumor was found near his spinal column. Price had been associated with Duke University since 1951, when he enrolled as a freshman. He was on the Duke faculty for more than 50 years.
I interviewed Price once and found him to be, quite possibly, the most eloquent person I have ever spoken with, one on one. He had a richly beautiful speaking voice -- which can be heard on a series of commentaries he did for NPR in the 1990s -- and the sentences rolled out of his mouth in fully formed paragraphs, complete with pauses for punctuation.
A full obituary will follow
| January 20, 2011; 7:17 PM ET
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