Charles Portis, ‘True Grit’ Novelist, Dies at 86

Charles Portis, the author whose 1968 novel “True Grit” inspired two beloved big-screen Westerns, died Monday at the age of 86.The Arkansas native had struggled with failing health for several years, according to his brother, Jonathan, who confirmed the death to the Arkansas Times.His biggest success was the 1968 novel “True Grit,” the story of a young farm girl who hires a drunken lawman to catch the outlaw who murdered her father.

They go on a quest along with a Texas Ranger to track down the villain, and on that adventure, the strength of their “grit” is tested.The novel inspired Henry Hathaway’s 1969 film, which earned John Wayne the Oscar for Best Actor.

The Coen brothers’ 2010 adaptation, starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, and Hailee Steinfeld, earned 10 Oscar nominations — but went home empty-handed that year.Also Read: ‘M*A*S*H‘ Actress Kellye Nakahara Dies After Battle With CancerPortis’ other work includes comic fiction like “Norwood,

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