Pat Conroy, author of ‘The Prince of Tides,’ dies at 70


The 1991 film of the same name featured Nick Nolte alongside Barbra Streisand.

Pat Conroy, the best-selling novelist and storyteller whose brutal childhood and love for the South Carolina Lowcountry served as the inspiration for his fiction, died Friday night at the age of 70.
Renowned U.S. author Pat Conroy has died of pancreatic cancer. “He was generous and kind, humble and loving…such a joy to work with”.
Lords of Discipline was the first of his books that I encountered, reading it as a young cadet in 1984, and easily the one that resonated most with me.
Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg, who had known Conroy most of his adult life called him “the great chronicler of the time and place that I call home”.
He wrote “The Prince Of Tides” and “The Great Santini“. The Great Santini, which featured a character similar to his father, became a film in 1979 with Robert Duvall and Blythe Danner.
He died at his home in SC on Friday surrounded by friends and family, a local newspaper reported. His mother, Peg, who had been beaten with the children read “Gone With the Wind” to Pat at bedtime and taught her children to lie about their abuse.
Conroy confronted his personal history in the book and interviewed family members and friends – eventually reconciling with his father.
The film received seven Oscar nominations, including for Best Picture and one for Conroy as the screenplay co-author.
It details his disdain for his father, a decorated Marine fighter pilot nicknamed “The Great Santini“. His 2013 memoir “The Death of Santini” delved further into the story of his father. “Inflation is the order of the day”, Richard Eder wrote of “The Prince of Tides” in The Los Angeles Times.
The good feelings deepened when Conroy’s cousin Ed Conroy, a 1989 Citadel grad, became the Citadel’s basketball coach in 2006 – and within a couple of years brought about a remarkable improvement in the team’s fortunes.
Conroy also mined his time at The Citadel military college for his 1980 novel Lords of Discipline.
Pat Conroy is survived by a wife, children, and grandchildren.