I was saddened when I woke up this morning to read that author Robert James Waller had passed away at the age of 77.
Waller was renowned as a romantic author. His books were praised in the press, but criticized because they exploited extramarital affairs. The subject matter of his two biggest best-sellers were men who pursued married women.
The top seller, Bridges of Madison County, appeared in 1992. It was on the New York Times best-seller list for over three years, which was the longest tenure for a title since the early 1950’s. Later, it became a movie with Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep. Last year, I saw the Broadway production of the play at the Dallas Summer Musicals. His second major work, Slow Waltz in Cedar Bend, was also a huge success.
According to Mark Kennedy of the Associated Press, Waller was an instructor in Management, Economics, and Applied Mathematics at the University of Northern Iowa from 1968 to 1991.
Waller died of cancer on Friday at his home in Fredericksburg, Texas.