W.P. Kinsella, Canadian Author Who Inspired ‘Field of Dreams,’ Dies at 81 by a doctor-assisted death

The 81-year-old based in B.C. wrote the novel that was turned into the movie ‘Field of Dreams.’

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.”

Mr. Kinsella’s health had taken a sudden turn for the worst due to his struggles with diabetes; he had been in the hospital for the past two weeks, said Willie Steele, an English professor at Nashville, Tenn.’s Lipscomb University who has been working on a biography of Mr. Kinsella since 2012. Mr. Steele said he knew Mr. Kinsella was pursuing physician-assisted death.

“He essentially told me a few weeks ago, ‘I am not going to be here much longer, so whatever questions you’ve got, let’s get them done,’” Mr. Steele said in an interview.
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