Brevard County novelist Patrick Smith, author of the enduring Florida pioneer classic “A Land Remembered,” died on Sunday at age 86.
Born in Mendenhall, Miss., Smith moved to Merritt Island in 1966. His works were nominated three times for the Pulitzer Prize and once for the Noble Prize for Literature.
Smith wrote seven novels – “The River Is Home,” “The Beginning,” “Forever Island,” “Angel City,” “Allapattah, “ “A Land Remembered,” and “The Seas That Mourn.” He also was the author of a story collection, “A White Deer” and other nonfiction works.
In 2013, Gov. Rick Scott honored Smith as a “Great Floridian,” an award presented to residents for significant contributions to the progress and welfare of Florida. Smith also was a 1999 inductee into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame.