Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (Book Club, June 2017)
Robert Pirsig: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance author dies aged 88
Robert Pirsig, author of the influential s philosophical novel Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance , has died at the age of Published in after being rejected by more than other publishers, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, was the father-son story of a motorcycle trip across the western United States. Loosely autobiographical, it also contained flashbacks to a period in which the author was diagnosed as schizophrenic. The book quickly became a best-seller. Born in Minneapolis, Pirsig had a high IQ and graduated high school at the age of He earned a degree in philosophy and also worked as a technical writer and instructor of English before being hospitalised for mental illness in the early s. His philosophical thinking and personal experiences during these years, including a motorcycle trip across the US West with his eldest son, Christopher, formed the core of the narrative of the novel.
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