'Legends of the Fall' author Jim Harrison dead at 78

This 2008 photo provided by Grove Atlantic shows author Jim Harrison. Harrison, the fiction writer, poet, outdoorsman and reveler who wrote with gruff affection for the country's landscape and rural life and enjoyed mainstream success in middle age with his historical saga "Legends of the Fall," died Saturday, March 26, 2016. He was 78. (Wyatt McSpadden/Courtesy of Grove Atlantic via AP) MANDATORY CREDITNEW YORK (AP) — Jim Harrison, the fiction writer, poet, outdoorsman and reveler who wrote with gruff affection for the country’s landscape and rural life and enjoyed mainstream success in middle age with his historical saga “Legends of the Fall,” has died at age 78.

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