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Canadian literary icon Farley Mowat dead at 92 0

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Farley Mowat (QMI Agency file photo)

Farley Mowat (QMI Agency file photo)

Canadian literary giant and rabid environmentalist Farley Mowat died Tuesday at his Port Hope, Ont., home.

He was 92 years old and had written 45 books.

His novels of environmental struggles, adventure and war, such as Never Cry Wolf, The Snow Walker and Lost in the Barrens, sold more than 20 million copies and have been translated into more than 20 languages, earning him fans worldwide.

But his base and his heart was Canada, where politicians, fellow authors and others offered their condolences Wednesday.

His publisher, McClelland & Stewart Inc., described Mowat as “one of its most valued and longtime authors.”

Ellen Seligman revealed Mowat was working on a memoir.

“Very sadly, he did not get his wish to finish what was to be his last book," she stated.

Born in Belleville, Ont., on May 12, 1921, Mowat served in the Second World War before turning to writing as a career in 1949.

He became an officer of the Order of Canada in 1981 and earned a spot on Canada's Walk of Fame in 2010,

Mowat was an avid traveller who loved to explore the country. In recent years, he divided his time between Port Hope, Ont., and Cape Breton, N.S.

He was a frequent critic of the United States, and used his literary fame to regularly back conservationist causes.

In 2009, Mowat donated 80 hectares of costal Cape Breton land for a nature conservancy.

"What you do is you find a piece of land and you just leave it alone," he said at the time.

"Man, despite all his brains, just gets in the way. He's like a monkey wrench thrown into the smoothly oiled machinery of evolution."

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