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BruceChatwin

Bruce Chatwin (May 13, 1940 – January 18, 1989) was an English travel writer, novelist, and journalist. Among his many accomplishments are the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his novel On the Black Hill (1982) and his novel Utz (1988) being shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. In 2008 The Times named him #46 on their list of "50 Greatest British Writers Since 1945." He also had a keen interest in art and archeology and ran the auction house’s Antiquities and Impressionist Art departments. After being employed by the Sunday Times Magazine he travelled the world to interview important personalities like Indira Gandhi and André Malraux. He wrote six books, one of which (Songlines, 1987) became a bestseller. Chatwin was bisexual, but preferred to keep his sexual preferences secret. He died of an AIDS-related illness. After his death some members of the gay community criticized him for keeping his tendencies secret. He is believed to have had Asperger's and is featured in The Genesis of Artistic Creativity by Michael Fitzgerald. Read more about his extraordinary life on his Wikipedia page.