Robert James Waller, Author of ‘The Bridges of Madison County,’ lost multiple myeloma battle
American novelist Robert James Waller died at the age of 77 years on Friday, March 10, 2017 at his home in Fredericksburg, Texas. He suffered from multiple myeloma of the bones (a haematological cancer). He had a strong reputation with his novel "On the Road to Madison" (Albin Michel, 1993) sold 12 million copies.
Born on August 1, 1939 in Iowa (Rockford), Robert James Waller taught management, economics and applied mathematics at the University of Northern Iowa from 1968 to 1991 before becoming known through writing. In 1992, her cult novel, The Bridges of Madison County, drew the story of a photographer's stunning love story for National Geographic in Madison County and a resident mother with husband and children are temporarily absent. A devouring and impossible passion that will mark them forever... and the public too: the book, written in eleven days and translated into forty languages, has been sold to nearly twelve million copies and the film that was adapted, by and with Clint Eastwood, in front of an Oscar nominated Meryl Streep for the role of Francesca Johnson, brought $ 182 million. A musical version was even created on Broadway in 2014. In France, Alain Delon and Mireille Darc played in 2007 an adaptation for the theater. As for the City of Madison, since the movie, it attracts tourists.
In spite of the popular success, the critics were very harsh against the novel, castigating his jubilation and taunting his characters. Almost ten years later, Robert Waller had confessed to the New York Times in 2002 that this lynching was bad: "Really, I do not have a big ego; I am opened to discussion if it is rational. Like the book and I am able to say why, I am willing to listen, but the criticism has turned to malice ... I was stunned," he had reacted.
Robert Waller ended nearly 36 years of marriage with Georgia, the mother of their daughter Rachel, in 1997, falling in love with Linda Bow, a landscaper he had hired two years earlier to work on the isolated Texas ranch in which he had settled down after the success of his best-seller. In all, Robert James Waller wrote six other books: Slow Waltz at Cedar Bend, The Trap of Puerto Vallerta (adapted to the cinema in 2003), Return to Madison, High Plains Roads or A Season Texas. His latest novel, The Long Night of Winchell Dear, was released in 2007.
The funeral of Robert James Waller has not been communicated yet.