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VERY MUCH A DRAFT
About the Author
- Read a New York Times profile about Charles Portis, which describes his eluding of public life and his writing's characteristic deadpan humor: "Mr. Portis evokes an eccentric, absurd world with a completely straight face. As a result there are not a lot of laugh-out-loud moments or explosive set pieces here. Instead of shooting off fireworks the books shimmer with a continuous comic glow."
- A profile in the Wall Street Journal.
- An article in The Believer.
- The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture entry on Charles Portis.
Works by Charles Portis
- Norwood (1966)
- True Grit (1968)
- The Dog of the South (1979)
- Masters of Atlantic (1985)
- Gringos (1991)
- Escape Velocity: a Charles Portis Miscellany
- Portis contributed stories and articles to The Saturday Evening post, the Atlantic Monthly, the Oxford American, and the New Yorker
Guns for Hire and Hardscrabble Heroes: Adventures & Untamed Characters
The Thicket, by Joe Lansdale The Big Sky, by A. B. Guthrie When the Legends Die, by Hal Borland Far Bright Star, by Robert Olmstead Shavetail, by Thomas Cobb The Border Trilogy by Cormac McCarthy, start with All The Pretty Horses The Son, by Philipp Meyer
Home on the Range: Tales from the Frontier
Roughing It, by Mark Twain Death Comes for the Archbishop, by Willa Cather Little House on the Prairie, by Laura Ingalls Wilder Angle of Repose, by Wallace Stegner A Sudden Country, by Karen Fisher
Classic and Not-so-Classic Westerns
The Virginian, by Owen Wister Riders of the Purple Sage, by Zane Grey The Collected Short Stories of Louis L'Amour The Sisters Brothers, by Patrick DeWitt Spoon, Robert Greer Buffalo Girls, by Larry McMurtry Deadwood, by Pete Dexter
Lawmen & White Hats: Featuring Texas Rangers and US Marshals
Lonesome Dove, by Larry McMurtry Raylan, by Elmore Leonard
Revenge & Justice
Winter's Bone, by Daniel Woodrell Salvage the Bones, by Jesmyn Ward Once Upon a River, by Bonnie Jo Campbell Bohemian Girl, by Terese Svoboda The Passage, by Justin Cronin In Calamity's Wake, by Natalee Caple
Rooster: the Life and Times of the real Rooster Cogburn, the Man who Inspired True Grit, by Brett Cogburn
DVDs to Watch
- True Grit (John Wayne)
- True Grit (Coen Brothers)
- Rooster Cogburn
- Django Unchained
Books for Youth?
Case of the Deadly Desperadoes
- The NEA's Big Read website has a Reader's Guide and more information about the book and the author.
Others? Doc, by Mary Doria Russell