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Leon Uris dies

New York, June 24 (Reuters): Best-selling author Leon Uris, known for the novels Exodus, about the creation of the Jewish state of Israel, and Trinity on the conflict in Ireland, has died in New York, his ex-wife, Jill Uris, said today. He was 78.

She said by telephone from Aspen, Colorado, that the novelist died on Saturday at his home on New York’s Shelter Island after suffering various ailments.

She said a new book, ’Hara’s Choice, a historical fiction about the US Marine Corps, was scheduled to be published by HarperCollins in October. “He completed it in spring,” she said.

Uris’ novels reflected his experiences as a Marine in World War II and as a war correspondent. In 1956, six years after becoming a full-time writer, Uris reported on the West Asian conflict. His first novel, Battle Cry was published in 1953 when he was 29 years old.

Apart from Exodus in 1958 and Trinity in 1976, Uris was also well known for his screenplay, Gunfight at the OK Corral in 1957.

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