Barnaby Conrad Jr., 90, bullfighter, artist, and author of 36 books, died Tuesday in his Carpinteria, Calif., home after a battle with congestive heart disease.
Mr. Conrad's last work of fiction, a novel about presidential assassin John Wilkes Booth, was published when he was 88. He was best known for his 1952 novel Matador, one of the many books generated by his love of bullfighting.
Instructed by seasoned bullfighters, Mr. Conrad fought bulls at 47 corridas in Spain, Mexico, and Peru. He was gashed so severely in his right leg that he was declared unfit for military service. Instead, he joined the State Department and was named vice consul in Seville, Spain. That gave him the chance to write and chase bulls.