Clive Cussler, million-selling adventure writer, dies at 88

Arts And Entertainment, Obituaries, Literary Fiction, Fiction, Books And Literature, Entertainment, Clive Cussler

Million-selling novelist Clive Cussler has died

Arts And Entertainment, Obituaries

26.2.2020

Clive Cussler , the million-selling adventure writer and real-life thrill seeker who wove personal details and spectacular fantasies into his page-turning novels about underwater explorer Dirk Pitt, has died.

Million-selling novelist Clive Cussler has died

By HILLEL ITALIE AP National Writer February 26, 2020, 7:22 PM 5 min read This 2007 image released by G.P. Putnam's Sons shows author Clive Cussler riding in a classic car. Cussler died on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020 at his home in Scottsdale, AZ. He was 88. (Ronnie Bramhall/G.P. Putnam's Sons via AP) This 2007 image released by G.P. Putnam's Sons shows author Clive Cussler riding in a classic car. Cussler died on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020 at his home in Scottsdale, AZ. He was 88. (Ronnie Bramhall/G.P. Putnam's Sons via AP) The Associated Press NEW YORK -- Clive Cussler, the million-selling adventure writer and real-life thrill-seeker who wove personal details and spectacular fantasies into his page-turning novels about underwater explorer Dirk Pitt, has died, his publisher said Wednesday. Cussler died Monday at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona, said Alexis Welby, spokeswoman for publisher Penguin Random House. He was 88. The cause was not disclosed. Cussler dispatched Pitt and pal Al Giordino on exotic missions highlighted by shipwrecks, treachery, espionage and beautiful women, in popular works including"Cyclops,'' “Night Probe!” and his commercial breakthrough,"Raise the Titanic!" Cussler was an Illinois native who was raised in Southern California and lived in Arizona for most of his final years, but he sent Pitt around the globe in plots that ranged from the bold to the incredible."The Treasure" features an aspiring Aztec despot who murders an American envoy, the hijacking of a plane carrying the United Nations secretary-general and soldiers from ancient Rome looting the Library of Alexandria. In"Iceberg," the presidents of French Guiana and the Dominican Republic are the ones in danger, during a visit to Disneyland. In"Sahara," a race across the desert somehow leads to new information about the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. "Again and again, Dirk Pitt, working for the fictional National Underwater and Marine Agency, must find a sunken vessel and retrieve some artifact," Mark Schone, summarizing Cussler's novels, wrote in The New York Times in 2004. “Evil forces, be they Commies or Blofeldian madmen, try to stop him. Along the way Pitt saves himself, the world and the damsel of the moment." Cussler has a new novel, “Journey of the Pharaohs," set to be released March 10, with several more awaiting posthumous publication. In real life, Cussler founded his own National Underwater and Marine Agency and participated in dozens of searches for old ships, including one that turned up a steamship belonging to Cornelius Vanderbilt. He also had a long history of questionable claims — some admitted, some denied. "He can definitely spin the tall tales and is a master of fiction. But that doesn't mean I buy into his alleged discovery claims," Dr. E. Lee Spence wrote on his blog in 2011. Spence, a prominent underwater archaeologist feuded with Cussler over which of them recovered a Confederate submarine. Born an only child in 1931 in Aurora, Illinois, and raised in Alhambra, California, Cussler's name and writing persona have the air of a pseudonym, but he was born with his moniker, named for the British actor Clive Brook. He studied for two years at Pasadena City College before enlisting in the Air Force and serving as a mechanic and flight engineer during the Korean War. In 1955, he married Barbara Knight, with whom he had three children. Through much of the 1960s, he worked in advertising, as a copywriter and creative director. Among the better known slogans he helped coin —"It's stronger than dirt," for an Ajax laundry detergent campaign. In his free time, he was writing fiction and moonlighting at a skin-diving equipment shop, where his wife suggested he work to help gather material for his novels. “When creating advertising, I had always looked at the competition and wondered what I could conceive that was totally different,” Cussler said in an interview included in"Dirk Pitt Revealed," a nonfiction book released in 1998."(James) Bond was becoming incredibly popular through the movies, and I knew I couldn't match Ian Fleming's style and prose. So I was determined not to write about a detective, secret agent or undercover investigator or deal in murder mysteries. My hero's adventures would be based on and under water." Cussler finished manuscripts for"Mediterranean Caper" and"Iceberg," but had no literary agent: so he created one. He purchased a thousand sheets of blank letter paper, got a friend in advertising to design a logo for"The Charles Winthrop Agency" and sent his first inquiry to Peter Lampack of the William Morris Agency. Lampack agreed to take on Cussler and remained with him long after the author confessed his charade. "I told him the story of Charlie Winthrop with great trepidation," Cussler explained to the Arizona Republic."I sat there waiting for the result, and he sat there blank for a minute, and then he laughed himself under the table. And he said, 'Oh my God. I always thought Charlie Winthrop was some guy I met while I was drunk at a cocktail party.'" "Mediterranean Caper" came out in 1973, followed by"Iceberg" two years later and"Raise the Titanic!" in 1976. He would turn out more than 20 Dirk Pitt novels and expand into children's books and such adventure series as"The Oregon Files" and"The Numa Files." Cussler had claimed his worldwide sales topped 100 million copies, but in a legal battle with Crusader Entertainment, which alleged he had misrepresented his popularity, it was determined the number was closer to 40 million. In 2007, a Los Angeles jury awarded Crusader $5 million but also ordered that Cussler receive $8.5 million because the film company only adapted one ("Sahara") of the two books it had agreed to produce. The film version of"Sahara" came out in 2005 and starred Matthew McConaughey and Penelope Cruz. An adaptation of “Raise the Titanic!” — its title the same except for dropping the exclamation point, came out in 1980 and featured Jason Robards and Alec Guinness. In recent years, Cussler began working with co-authors and collaborated with his son on"Poseidon's Arrow,""Crescent Dawn" and"Arctic Drift." Cussler's son is Dirk Cussler. Pitt himself had a son, called, of course, Dirk Pitt Jr. In addition to Dirk Cussler, the author is survived by his second wife, Janet, daughters Teri and Dayna, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. ——— Read more: ABC News

Very sad. R.I.P. C.C. I want to go to his estate sale! I have so many of his novels. Great author. RIP. The guy could write a fun book. 'Dirk Pitt,' is one of the great protagonists names and characters in the adventure genre. So sad, I really bonded with my father over these books. Flights of angels, Mr. Cussler!

Clive Cussler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . has died. RIPCliveCussler ABC is Fake Propaganda News ProjectVeritas

Clive Cussler, prolific adventure novelist and creator of Dirk Pitt, is dead at 88Prolific adventure novelist Clive Cussler has died at 88. His books, many featuring globetrotting adventurer Dirk Pitt, sold millions of copies. I once had an email exchange with Tom Clancy, where both of us agreed that our favorite author ever was Clive Cussler. He will definitely be missed. TomLabus sorry to hear, loved his work.

'Sahara' Author Clive Cussler Dead at 88'Sahara' author Clive Cussler has died. Legend R.I.P What a legend of a man. ❤️

Clive Cussler, prolific adventure novelist and creator of Dirk Pitt, is dead at 88Prolific adventure novelist Clive Cussler has died at 88. His books, many featuring globetrotting adventurer Dirk Pitt, sold millions of copies. I once had an email exchange with Tom Clancy, where both of us agreed that our favorite author ever was Clive Cussler. He will definitely be missed. TomLabus sorry to hear, loved his work.

'Sahara' Author Clive Cussler Dead at 88'Sahara' author Clive Cussler has died. Legend R.I.P What a legend of a man. ❤️

Tony Hale To Star In ‘The Mysterious Benedict Society’ Hulu Series Based On YA NovelEXCLUSIVE: Veep standout Tony Hale has been tapped for the lead(s) in The Mysterious Benedict Society, Hulu’s adventure drama series based on the best-selling YA novel by Trenton Lee Stewart.… The content we are all here for. 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 MrTonyHale execellent! We’ve read this series as a family and cannot wait to see what you do with it! Yay!

Bethenny Frankel Sells Controversial Hamptons Home for $2.28 Million — See InsideThe real estate venture became a point of drama on Real Housewives of New York City



Trump extends federal social distancing guidelines to April 30

Coronavirus live updates: Trump extends social distancing guidelines to April 30

The Weeknd’s ‘After Hours’ Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart With Biggest Week of 2020

Medical Expert Who Corrects Trump Is Now a Target of the Far Right

'Outlander' Season 5 Is Back to the Show We Fell in Love With

Coronavirus live updates: Global pandemic kills more than 30,000 - CNN

Florida Megachurch Packed with Worshipers During Coronavirus Pandemic

Write Comment

Thank you for your comment.
Please try again later.

Latest News

News

26 February 2020, Wednesday News

Previous news

ABC News @ABC

Next news

White Supremacist Harassed Journalists and Cabinet Official, F.B.I. Says
US FDA issues limited emergency use authorization for two drugs usually used to treat malaria Camila Cabello & Shawn Mendes Perform 'My Oh My' at Concert for America Backstreet Boys Sing 'I Want It That Way' at Concert for America CBS journalist Maria Mercader dies at 54 of coronavirus Trump concedes US coronavirus death toll could be 100,000 or more Trump says US will not pay for Prince Harry and Meghan's security. They say they don't need the help Exclusive: Justice Department reviews stock trades by lawmakers after coronavirus briefings Trump falsely denies saying two things he said last week Trump Extends Social Distancing Guidelines Through End of April Coronavirus preys on what terrifies us: dying alone Opera singer Plácido Domingo hospitalized in Mexico with coronavirus Billie Eilish Performs 'Bad Guy' at Concert for America
Trump extends federal social distancing guidelines to April 30 Coronavirus live updates: Trump extends social distancing guidelines to April 30 The Weeknd’s ‘After Hours’ Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart With Biggest Week of 2020 Medical Expert Who Corrects Trump Is Now a Target of the Far Right 'Outlander' Season 5 Is Back to the Show We Fell in Love With Coronavirus live updates: Global pandemic kills more than 30,000 - CNN Florida Megachurch Packed with Worshipers During Coronavirus Pandemic Coronavirus live updates: Dr. Fauci says 200,000 deaths in US possible Rhode Island issues order demanding all travelers into the state to self-quarantine for 14 days At least 17 reported tornadoes hit Central US during severe weather outbreak Fauci says Trump agreed not to invoke a strict quarantine after intensive White House discussions Nordstrom is sewing more than 100,000 face masks for health care workers