By James Salter,John Casey
James Salter’s exalted position in American letters is predicated largely
at the excessive admiration of different writers, yet his paintings resonates a ways past the world of
fellow craftsmen, addressing themes--youth, battle, erotic love, marriage, existence abroad,
friendship--that communicate to us all.
Following the e-book of his first
novel, Salter left in the back of an army occupation of serious promise to jot down full-time and--through
many years of looking, exacting work--became one in all American literature’s grasp stylists.
merely months earlier than he died, on the age of eighty-nine, he agreed to function the 1st Kapnick
Writer-in-Residence on the collage of Virginia, the place he composed and brought the three
lectures awarded during this ebook and brought by means of his buddy and fellow novelist, nationwide Book
Award-winning writer John Casey.
Salter speaks to us right here with an easy
intimacy, sharing his unceasing appeal with the books that made up his analyzing life,
together with works by means of Balzac, Flaubert, Babel (whose prose is "like a handful of
radium"), Dreiser, Céline, Faulkner. those talks offer a useful chance to
see the best way a superb author reads. in addition they provide a candid examine the writing
life--the rejection letters, now not one yet unfavorable studies within the ny occasions for the same
ebook, writing within the morning or at evening and being concerned approximately funds in the course of the long
Salter increases the query, Why does one write? For wealth? For
admiration, or a feeling of "importance"? Confronting a clean sheet that often offers
too many selections, training a vocation that regularly calls for one write rather than stay, the answer
for Salter used to be making a sort that captured event, in a global the place whatever now not written
down fades away.
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