W.P. Kinsella, whose book inspired ‘Field of Dreams’ movie, dies

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DYERSVILLE, IA - AUGUST 25: A 'ghost player' recreating the role of Chicago White Sox legend Shoeless Joe Jackson plays ball with a young tourist at the baseball field created for the motion picture 'Field of Dreams' on August 25, 1991 in Dyersville, Iowa. Rita and Al Ameskamp who, with Don and Becky Lansing, co-own the site have turned the cornfields and baseball diamond into a summertime tourist attraction, including 'ghost player' reenactments. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Canadian author W.P. Kinsella, whose book inspired the film “Field of Dreams,” has died. He was 81.

His agent Carolyn Swayze confirmed his death in a statement, but did not provide details on his health or when he died.

“He was a unique, creative and outrageously opinionated man,” Swayze said.

“One of North America’s most prolific and popular authors, he published almost 30 books of fiction, nonfiction and poetry, which were translated into many languages around the world.”

Swayze said the author’s final book, “Russian Dolls,” will be published next year.

Kinsella became a household name after publication of his novel “Shoeless Joe,” which inspired “Field of Dreams,” starring Kevin Costner.