A confident precision is always there--whether Jim is writing about sexual longing, or when his subject is flying combat missions in Korea. What Jim believed, he was always able to express succinctly: 'Style is the entire writer.' These lectures make me miss him--his generous but undoubting voice.(John Irving)
A last and very generous gift from the great James Salter. The reader feels his reverence for literature on every page, as well as his legendary precision. Any aspiring writer should read this book, if only to get a taste of how a master thinks and feels: specifically, poetically, always mindful of the necessary mystery at the heart of great art.(George Saunders)
This is a slender book, but anyone who reveres the work of James Salter ― a sodality that includes John Irving, Richard Ford, George Saunders and John Casey― will want to read it and keep it around. Here one of the great prose stylists of our time reflects on writing, favorite authors (Isaac Babel, Nabokov, Bellow), and the connection between life and fiction. Salter closes with his epigraph to his last novel, All That Is: 'There comes a time when you realize that everything is a dream, and only those things preserved in writing have any possibility of being real.'(Washington Post)
[R]eaders will be inspired and heartened by Salter's candid thoughts on the inevitable rejection, criticism, and struggle with best practices that accompany the writer's life. Salter also shares the books and authors that informed him throughout the years, and his personal beliefs in the value of the written word.(Poets & Writers)
About the Author
James Salter was the acclaimed author of the novels A Sport and a Pastime, Light Years, and All That Is, the memoir Burning the Days, and the PEN/Faulkner Award-winning collection Dusk and Other Stories. He was the first Kapnick Foundation Distinguished Writer–in–Residence at the University of Virginia, a position inspired by William Faulkner’s residency at the university in 1956–58.