born in Kansas City, educated at Dartmouth and, after naval aviation service, at the University of Kansas, has long lived in California. Mrs. Bridge (1959) is a humorous, ironic, and sad series of sketches about a suburban society matron who lives a life of quiet desperation. The Patriot (1960), with a similar tone but a more conventional novelistic technique, treats the maturing of an idealistic boy in World War II naval air force service. His other novels include The Diary of a Rapist (1966), on sexual violence; Mr. Bridge (1969), a companion piece to his first book; The Connoisseur (1974), a sensitive study of a man's aesthetic development through appreciation of Mayan art; and Double Honeymoon (1976), about a romance of the protagonist of his previous novel. Stories are collected in The Anatomy Lesson (1957), At the Crossroads (1965), and St. Augustine's Pigeon (1980). Notes from a Bottle Found on the Beach at Carmel (1963) and Points for a Compass Rose (1973) are long philosophic poems. A Long Desire (1979) and The White Lantern (1980) are nonfictional treatments of great acts of exploration, anthropology, and archaeology; and Son of the Morning Star (1984) is a study of Custer's Last Stand.