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Robert Pirsig: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance author dies aged 88

Book telling the father-son story of a motorcycle journey across the western United States was published in 1974 and quickly became a best-seller

Robert Pirsig, author of the influential 1970 s philosophical novel Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, has died at persons under the age of 88.

Peter Hubbard, executive editor of his publisher William Morrow& Co, said in a statement that Pirsigs wife Wendy had confirmed his death at his house in Maine after a reporting period neglecting health.

Published in 1974 after being rejected by more than 100 other publishers, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, was the father-son narrative of a motorcycle journey across the western United States. Loosely autobiographical, it also contained flashbacks to a period in which the author was diagnosed as schizophrenic.

The volume quickly became a best-seller. Pirsig said its protagonist set out to resolve the conflict between classic importances that develop machine, such as a motorcycle, and romantic importances, such as experiencing the glamour of a country road.

Born in Minneapolis, Pirsig had a high IQ and graduated high school at persons under the age of 15. He earned a degree in logic and likewise ran as a technical novelist and teach of English before being hospitalised for mental illness in the early 1960 s.

His philosophical thinking and its own experience during these years, including a 1968 motorcycle journey across the US West with his eldest son, Christopher, formed the heart of the narrative of the novel.

Pirsig worked on the sequel, Lila: An Inquiry into Morals for 17 years before the day of its publication in 1991. The narrative drew a sailboat tour taken a number of two fictitious characters along Americas eastern coast.

Pirsig lived the last 30 years in South Berwick, Maine and is lived by his wife Wendy, two children and three grandchildren. His son Chris died in 1979.

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