Don Kelsen / Los Angeles Times
May 15, 2008
Oakley Hall, seen in 1989, wrote more than 20 novels, including Warlock (1958), a fictional account of the early West that was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and The Downhill Racers (1963), about skiers in the Sierra Nevada. Both books were made into movies. He also was a writing teacher at UC Irvine and helped launch the literary careers of such prominent students as Michael Chabon, Richard Ford and Amy Tan.