Charles Webb, the author whose first novel, "The Graduate," inspired the 1967 Oscar-winning film starring Dustin Hoffman, died at age 81 of a blood condition.
His death was confirmed by old friend and journalist Jack Malvern, who writes Deadline.
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Webb, who died June 16 in Eastbourne, England, said the iconic book and subsequent film were based on real-life experiences from growing up in Los Angeles, although he also claimed it was not autobiographical.
Although his book became famous, the eccentric Webb earned just $ 20,000 for the film's rights and chose to live a life that was not filled with the glitz and glamor of Hollywood.
"Millions upon millions were made from" The Graduate "and here I am looking for a couple of pounds to buy my sandwich, people love it," Webb once told the BBC.
He and his wife Eva, who died last year, led a peculiar life.
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They spent much of their time on the open road and homeschooling their three children.
They ran a nudist camp in New Jersey and in a show of solidarity against the marriage laws of the United States, they divorced, but stayed together, according to the Deadline story.
In 2007, Webb published a sequel to "The Graduate" called "Home Schooled.:
Although written for financial reasons, Webb was always happy not to live a materialistic life.
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"My wife and I have done many things that we would not have done if we were rich … I would have been counting my money instead of educating my children," he said in a 2006 interview with the Associated Press.
Webb is survived by his children.
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