The writer and poet passed away at his home in Patagonia, Arizona on Saturday (26Mar16).

Harrison wrote more than 40 works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry throughout his career, but he was best known for his 1979 historical saga, Legends of the Fall.

The collection of three novellas spans over five decades and tells the tales of a Montana rancher and his three sons in the early 20th century, as their lives are affected by nature, war, and love.

In 1994, Harrison helped to adapt the best-seller for director Edward Zwick's film of the same name, starring Brad Pitt, Sir Anthony Hopkins and Aidan Quinn. The film also became a hit, nominated for three Academy Awards and nabbing the trophy for Best Cinematography in 1995.

Harrison also adapted his novella Revenge for the big screen, in a 1990 movie of the same name starring Kevin Costner, and also wrote the screenplay for Jack Nicholson and Michelle Pfeiffer-led romantic horror 1994 film Wolf.

He was also acclaimed for his poetry, with such collections as Songs of Unreason, Returning to Earth and Dead Man's Float, which was released in January (16).

Harrison was voted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2007.