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    ‘Prince of Tides’ Novelist Pat Conroy Dies at Age 70

    A writer is lucky, he said, “to be born into an unhappy family.”  Conroy, who died Friday of pancreatic cancer, found ample inspiration for his lyrical writing in his South Carolina marshland household that cowered before his abusive father, a Marine fighter pilot. Four of his novels became films, including Oscar-nominated The Great Santini and Prince of Tides, which Barbra Streisand adapted from Conroy’s 1986 bestseller. In a recent Facebook post announcing his illness, he said he wrote to “find out who I am,” but “I don’t believe I’ve even come close.”

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