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The Resource Don't save anything : uncollected essays, articles, and profiles, James Salter ; with a preface by Kay Eldredge Salter

Don't save anything : uncollected essays, articles, and profiles, James Salter ; with a preface by Kay Eldredge Salter

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Don't save anything : uncollected essays, articles, and profiles
Title
Don't save anything
Title remainder
uncollected essays, articles, and profiles
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James Salter ; with a preface by Kay Eldredge Salter
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Do not save anything
Title variation remainder
the uncollected writing of James Salter
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eng
Summary
"This collection gathers Salter's thoughts on writing and profiles of important writers, observations of the changing American military life, evocations of Aspen winters, musings on mountain climbing and skiing, and tales of travels to Europe that first appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, People, Condé Nast Traveler, the Aspen Times, among other publications."--Jacket flap
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  • The late Salter was commonly regarded as a writer’s writer, and this superb collection shows why. In the preface, his widow, Kay Eldredge Salter, describes finding these previously published but uncollected writings among his papers following his death. They include a profile of Ben Sonnenberg Jr., founder of the literary magazine Grand Street. In this piece, Salter praises his friend’s “bravery and spirit” and admits being jealous of him, even during his decline from MS. Other profile subjects include Robert Jarvik, the designer of the first artificial heart, and William DeVries, the surgeon who implanted it. Elsewhere, Salter entertains with stories of working on Downhill Racer with Robert Redford and arguing about which skier they should model the movie’s protagonist on, and reflects on Dwight Eisenhower, whom he calls not a conventionally heroic general but a “tough, resilient, wise” leader. In an essay from 2002 on the future of writing, Salter declares that the “life-giving novel, like the theater, despite occasional flare-ups, belongs to the past,” adding that “literature is not dead... but it has lost its eminence. The tide is turning against it.” Crisp and razor sharp, Salter’s work peels away illusions to reveal the matter-of-fact nuances of his and our lives. Agent: Amanda Urban, ICM. (Nov.) --Staff (Reviewed 09/11/2017) (Publishers Weekly, vol 264, issue 37, p)
  • Previously published but not collected until now, these magazine pieces reflect the author's wide range of experience and interests as well as his prose mastery.Salter (1925-2015) was best known for his fiction (All That Is, 2013, etc.), but these essays not only reflect a prolific career in literary journalism, but also show how much magazines have changed in the last half-century or so. There's an insightful interview with Nabokov, one that extends well beyond Lolita and which had to be written from memory because the subject, already reluctant, wouldn't allow notes. It ends on this autumnal note: "The light is fading, there is no one else in the room or the room beyond. The hotel has many mirrors, some of them on doors, so it is like a house of illusion, part vision, part reflection, and rich with dreams." What a surprise to learn that this was a 1975 assignment for People, which no longer would be expected to publish such a writer on such an author. These aren't selections from literary journals but rather from travel and food magazines and other general-interest publications. A West Point graduate and Korean War fighter pilot, Salter chronicles the changes in that institution and his near-death experiences. He also writes of his decision to leave the military and devote himself full time to his writing, hoping that he could somehow support his wife and family. "It was the most difficult act of my life," he writes. But it paid off, not only in literary acclaim, but in sidelights such as writing for the screen and the theater (the subject of "Passionate Falsehoods," a deliciously acerbic 1997 New Yorker piece about observing from the periphery of the film world) and making documentaries. "There is something called the true life," writes Salter, "which I cannot describe and which perhaps varies as one sees it from different angles and at different times." Taken together, these pieces attest to a true life, a life well-lived and well-written.(Kirkus Reviews, September 15, 2017)
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contains biographical information
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10600573
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Salter, James
Dewey number
818/.5409
Illustrations
portraits
Index
index present
LC call number
PS3569.A4622
LC item number
A6 2017
Literary form
non fiction
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Salter, Kay Eldredge
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  • Salter, James
  • Salter, James
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the uncollected writing of James Salter
Label
Don't save anything : uncollected essays, articles, and profiles, James Salter ; with a preface by Kay Eldredge Salter
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Includes index
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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rdacontent
Contents
Why I write. Some for glory, some for praise -- On other writers. The writing teacher ; Odessa, mon amour ; Like a retired confidential agent, Graham Greene hides quietly in Paris ; An old magician named Nabokov lives and writes in splendid exile ; From Lady Antonia's golden brow springs another figure of history ; Ben Sonnenberg Jr. ; Life for author Han Suyin has been a sometimes hard but always many splendored thing ; D'Annunzio, the immortal who dies -- West Point and beyond. Cool heads ; An army mule named Sid Berry takes command at the Point ; Ike the unlikely -- Men and women. Younger women, older men ; Karyl and me ; When evening falls ; Talk of the town on Bill Clinton -- On the edge. The definitive downhill: Toni Sailer ; At the foot of Olympus: Jarvik, Kolff, and DeVries ; Man is his own star: Royal Robbins -- The rock and the hard place. Racing for the Cup ; Getting high ; The Alps ; Offering oneself to the Fat Boys -- The life. Passionate falsehoods ; The first women graduate -- France. Almost pure joy ; Eat, memory ; Paris nights ; Chez nous -- Aspen. Once and future queen ; They call it Paradise ; Snowy nights in Aspen ; Notes from another Aspen -- Writing and what's ahead. Once upon a time, literature. Now what? ; Words' worth
Control code
1907097
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 303 pages
Isbn
9781619029361
Lccn
2017017393
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
portrait
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  • (Sirsi) i9781619029361
  • (OCoLC)972385312
Label
Don't save anything : uncollected essays, articles, and profiles, James Salter ; with a preface by Kay Eldredge Salter
Publication
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Why I write. Some for glory, some for praise -- On other writers. The writing teacher ; Odessa, mon amour ; Like a retired confidential agent, Graham Greene hides quietly in Paris ; An old magician named Nabokov lives and writes in splendid exile ; From Lady Antonia's golden brow springs another figure of history ; Ben Sonnenberg Jr. ; Life for author Han Suyin has been a sometimes hard but always many splendored thing ; D'Annunzio, the immortal who dies -- West Point and beyond. Cool heads ; An army mule named Sid Berry takes command at the Point ; Ike the unlikely -- Men and women. Younger women, older men ; Karyl and me ; When evening falls ; Talk of the town on Bill Clinton -- On the edge. The definitive downhill: Toni Sailer ; At the foot of Olympus: Jarvik, Kolff, and DeVries ; Man is his own star: Royal Robbins -- The rock and the hard place. Racing for the Cup ; Getting high ; The Alps ; Offering oneself to the Fat Boys -- The life. Passionate falsehoods ; The first women graduate -- France. Almost pure joy ; Eat, memory ; Paris nights ; Chez nous -- Aspen. Once and future queen ; They call it Paradise ; Snowy nights in Aspen ; Notes from another Aspen -- Writing and what's ahead. Once upon a time, literature. Now what? ; Words' worth
Control code
1907097
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 303 pages
Isbn
9781619029361
Lccn
2017017393
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
portrait
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781619029361
  • (OCoLC)972385312

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