Author Richard Bach Still Serious Following Plane Crash


Jonathan Livingston Seagull (film)
Jonathan Livingston Seagull (film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Richard Bach, the American bestselling author of several books, was seriously injured after his single-engined SeaRey amphibian aircraft struck powerlines three miles short of Friday Harbor Airport while preparing to land. Bach suffered a head injury and a broken shoulder and was taken to Harborview Center, Seattle where his condition was described as serious.
 
Bach, aged 76, and a hobby pilot all his adult life was visiting a friend on San Juan Island when the accident happened. The themes of flight and spiritual awakening have had central roles in most of Bach’s books, including Jonathan Livingston Seagull, and later, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah. Like several previous books written and published in the 1960’s, the novella, Jonathan Livingston Seagull (Pan Macmillan, 1970), complete with photographs by Russell Munson, initially received little or no critical attention from the book industry after being turned down by numerous publishers due to its length (under 10,000 words) and subject matter. However, it caught the public’s imagination and broke all previous hardback sales records since Gone With The Wind, selling one million copies alone in 1972 alone. In 1973 Paramount made a film based on the book.
 
Late Saturday, Bach’s Son, James, told the Associated Press that his father’s condition had improved slightly and he tweeted that “things are looking better. Doctors are ‘guardedly optimistic.’”   
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