He traveled to Europe, and lived briefly in Paris before returning to the United States in the mid-1950s. At times, he took odd-jobs to support his literary pursuits. He once worked as an interviewer in an unemployment office in the San Francisco area, where he lived for more than three decades before moving to New Mexico in 1989. He never married.
The Santa Fe-based Lannan Foundation awarded Connell its $100,000 Literary Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2000.
"We believe he's one of the most important postwar (WWII) American writers," Patrick Lannan said at the time. "To be that good in fiction, nonfiction and poetry is really, really remarkable."
Waller said no funeral services were planned.
Donna Waller's husband, Mike, said the family planned to hold a private memorial service in Santa Fe in spring but no date has been set. He said the family is asking that in lieu of flowers that donations be sent to Bread of the World organization in Connell's name.
AP National Writer Hillel Italie contributed to this story.
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