W.P. Kinsella, Author Who Inspired ‘Field of Dreams,’ Dies at 81

September 19, 2016

(Wall Street Journal) – W.P. Kinsella, the Canadian novelist whose writing about baseball was the basis for the 1989 film “Field of Dreams,” died Friday at 81 with the help of a doctor acting under Canada’s new physician-assisted suicide law, his literary agent said in a statement. “He was a dedicated storyteller, performer, curmudgeon, an irascible and difficult man,” said Carolyn Swayze, his agent, adding Mr. Kinsella persuaded her to become a literary agent. “His fiction has made people laugh, cry, and think for decades and will do so for decades to come.”

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