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Evan Connell dies: Author penned book on Custer's Last Stand

Evan Connell dies: The acclaimed author of 'Son of the Morning Star' wrote over a dozen books. Evan Connell dies having written 'Mrs. Bridge' and 'Mr. Bridge,' about a Kansas City lawyer and his wife.

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In this 1982 image provided by Counterpoint Press, author Evan S. Connell poses for a photo in Santa Fe, N.M.

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U.S. writer Evan S. Connell, a versatile author whose widely acclaimed non-fiction account of Custer's Last Stand, "Son of the Morning Star," became a best seller, has died, his publisher said.

Connell, who lived and worked in Santa Fe, New Mexico, died late on Wednesday after several years of declining health, Counterpoint Press of Berkeley, California, said on its website.

A novelist, short-story writer and poet, Connell was the author of 17 books. His best-known novels were "Mrs. Bridge" (1959) and "Mr. Bridge" (1969), intersecting tales about the stunted lives of a Kansas City lawyer and his wife.

Washington Post reviewer Webster Schott called "Mr. Bridge" a "tour de force of contemporary American realism, a beautiful work of fiction."

The novels were made into a film in 1990, "Mr. and Mrs. Bridge," starring Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward.

Connell was perhaps best known for "Son of the Morning Star" (1984), about the 1876 Battle of the Little Bighorn in which Indian warriors wiped out Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer and his 250 men.

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