Author James Salter, whose collection Dusk and Other Stories was awarded the 1988 PEN/Faulkner Award, will be reading his work at Bryn Mawr College’s Thomas Great Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 20. The reading is free and open to the public.
A New York Times headline once referred to Salter as “The Fighter Pilot Who Aimed for Fiction but Lived on Film.” And while it’s true that Salter spent 12 years in the military (iincluding combat in the Korean War as a fighter pilot) and wrote several screenplays—the most successful being the Robert Redford vehicle Downhill Racer—it is his passion for the written word for which he clearly hopes to be remembered.
“Two other elements in the life are not careers, exactly, but rather vocations,” wrote the author Samuel Hynes in reviewing Salter’s memoir Burning the Days. “One is the desire for the intimate company of women. The other is the desire to write not merely good prose, but the best prose, so perfectly made that it will survive the ends of life's affairs and the erosions of time.”
In addition to Dusk and Other Stories and Burning the Days, Salter’s work includes the novels Solo Faces, Light Years, A Sport and a Pastime, The Arm of Flesh (revised as Cassada), and The Hunters, as well as the memoir Gods of Tin and the story collection Last Night.
Posted 3/6/2008 by Claudia Ginanni