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Charles Portis, the celebrated Southern novelist who wrote “Norwood” and “True Grit,” died Monday in Little Rock, according to the Associated Press . He was 86. His brother Jonathan Portis told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette the cause was complications from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, which was diagnosed in 2012. Though the Arkansas native published just five novels throughout his career, he came to be known as something of a cult writer who was adored by other authors; Esquire dubbed Portis “ our least-known great novelist ” in 1998. Portis’s most well-known book is “True Grit,” a western told from the perspective of an elderly woman named Mattie Ross. She recounts a harrowing... Full story

18 February