Author Thomas Berger, whose novel "Little Big Man" was adapted into a movie with the same name starring Dustin Hoffman, has passed away. His literary agent Cristina Concepcion told The Associated Press that the author passed away in a Nyack, N.Y. hospital on July 13. According to the agent, Berger's health had been declining prior to his passing which was just a few days away from his 90th birthday.
Berger was born in Cincinnati on July 20, 1924 to parents who loved reading. He later served as a member of Medical Corps in the World War II. After the war, he enrolled in University of Cincinnati and continued to graduate class at Columbia University.
Berger wrote more than 20 books during his career. "The Feud" is one of his popular works. The novel, which tells the story of a family conflict, was recommended for a 1984 Pulitzer prize but it was passed over in favor of William Kennedy's "Ironweed".
"Little Big Man" probably is his most popular work. The novel tells the story of a man named Jack Crabb who says that he was abducted by an Indian tribe as a boy and later fought in the Battle of Little Big Horn. The novel, published in 1964, was adapted into a movie in 1970.