Author Winston Groom has died aged 77, a representative in Fairhope, Alabama has confirmed. Groom was a non-fiction writer and novelist, perhaps most famous for Forrest Gump, the adaptation of which starred Tom Hanks and went on to gross over $683m at the box office and take home six Academy Awards. The novel behind the movie sold over 1.7m copies in light of the film’s release, and Groom then penned the sequel, Gump & Co in 1995.
Alongside having written extensively in military nonfiction, Groom continued to write novels, such as Only, El Paso, and Better Times Than These. Considered a legend by his alma mater, Alabama University, the writer is fondly remembered for his talent and heart, not only as an author but also as a journalist and a historian.
But let me tell you this: sometimes at night, when I look up at the stars, an see the whole sky jus laid out there, don’t you think I ain’t rememberin it all. I still got dreams like anybody else, an ever so often, I am thinkin about how things might of been. An then, all of a sudden, I’m forty, fifty, sixty years ole, you know?
Well, so what? I may be a idiot, but most of the time, anyway, I tried to do the right thing– an dreams is jus dreams, ain’t they? So whatever else has happened, I am figgerin this: I can always look back an say, at least I ain’t led no hum-drum life.
You know what I mean?
– Winston Groom, Forrest Gump (1986)
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