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Evan S. Connell, author of Mrs Bridge, dies at 88


Evan S. Connell, the author of the novels Mrs. Bridge and Mr. Bridge, has died in New Mexico at 88. Connell’s Mrs. Bridge was published in 1959 and was a finalist for the National Book Award won by Philip Roth with Goodbye, Columbus).  He published Mr. Bridge 10 years later. The two novels were adapted into a film, Mr. and Mrs. Bridge, starring Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward.

Above you can see Penguin’s special interlocking edition of Mrs Bridge and Mr Bridge. Below you can see the Viking Press first edition of Mrs Bridge – I love that cover artwork.

Connell also wrote an acclaimed biography of General George Armstrong Custer – Son of the Morning Star.

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