Gary Paulsen, author of 'Hatchet,' has died at 82
Beloved children's author and wilderness enthusiast Gary Paulsen has died at 82
Gary Paulsen, whose books taught generations of kids how to survive in the woods with only a hatchet, died yesterday at the age of 82; his publisher said it was "sudden" but did not give a cause.
Paulsen was best known for those wilderness survival stories, though he wrote more than 200 books during his lifetime, and three of his novels, Hatchet, Dogsong, and The Winter Room, were Newbery Honor books.
Paulsen was born in Minnesota in 1939. In a memoir, Gone To The Woods -- which came out earlier this year — Paulsen wrote about a difficult childhood. His father was off fighting in World War II; his mother was an alcoholic, and her drinking and partying …
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