True Grit

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Article in Adult Fiction and Big Read categories.

Printable versions of this booklist are available as .pdf's here.


About the Author

Works by Charles Portis


Short pieces:

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

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

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

Lawmen & White Hats: Tales of Texas Rangers and US Marshals

Lonesome Dove, by Larry McMurtry


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
  • Justified

Books for Youth?

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