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Curtis Bill Pepper, 96, reporter and traveler

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NEW YORK — Curtis Bill Pepper, an author and reporter who roamed Europe and the Middle East for more than 40 years writing about politics, film, art, the Vatican, and Leonardo da Vinci died on Friday at his home in Todi, Italy. He was 96.

His daughter, the poet Jorie Graham, confirmed the death. Pepper and his wife, the sculptor Beverly Pepper, had divided their time between Todi, near Perugia, and another home in Manhattan.

At his death he was awaiting the publication of his final book, “Happiness: Fragments of Happiness in the Lives of the Famous and Others Among Us,” a collection of observations from the many notable figures he had interviewed. It will be published this spring in Italian and English.

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