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Splendor in the Short Grass: The Grover Lewis Reader Paperback – August 1, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 291 pages
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press (August 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0292722303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0292722309
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,266,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dave Hickey gets it exactly right in his preface to this collection of journalism, poetry, fiction and memoir: Lewis, who died in 1997, was indeed 'the most stone wonderful writer that nobody ever heard of.' Writing for Rolling Stone in the early '70s, he almost singlehandedly invented the movie set piece, and no one's ever improved on his flint-eyed profiles of Sam Peckinpah and the Allman Brothers. But the best piece here is his searing memoir of his white-trash Texas parents, who died in what was ruled a double suicide. Etched in acid and heart's blood, it is a terse masterpiece. (Malcolm Jones Newsweek)

Your gonzo journalism library isn't complete without him. (Ruminator)

About the Author

JAN REID, like Grover Lewis, is a magazine writer, who has written for Texas Monthly, GQ, Esquire, New York Times magazine, Men’s Journal, and Slate. His books include The Improbable Rise of Redneck Rock, The Bullet Meant for Me, and Rio Grande. He lives in Austin, Texas.

W. K. “KIP” STRATTON has written for Sports Illustrated, GQ, Outside, Southern magazine, Americana, and D: The Magazine of Dallas. His previous book is Backyard Brawl: Inside the Blood Feud between Texas and Texas A&M. Harcourt will publish his next book, Chasing the Rodeo, in 2005. He lives near Austin, Texas.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James L. Desper Jr. on June 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I always liked Grover Lewis' brilliant and insightful writing for Rolling Stone magazine, so it's great to have a collection of pieces from this unjustly neglected author. His poetry is a little darker than I expected but that's not too surprising considering his troubled youth, which is detailed in the biographical sketch that begins the book. Those interested in cinema (or great writing) will find much to enjoy here, particularly the pieces on Sam Peckinpah and the making of The Last Picture Show. I was a little disappointed that the pieces on Paul Newman and Charlie Smith (the oldest man in America in 1972) were not included, but that's a minor quibble. This is a superb book!
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"the most stone wonderful writer nobody ever knew" -- the blurb nailed it dead bang I have given it to everyone I love . . . a very high number [ VAN MORRISON CD Astral Weeks ]
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