Memorable Days: The Selected Letters of James Salter and Robert Phelps

Memorable Days: The Selected Letters of James Salter and Robert Phelps


By (author) James Salter, By (author) Robert Phelps, Edited by John McIntyre, Foreword by Michael Dirda

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  • Publisher: COUNTERPOINT
  • Format: Hardback | 212 pages
  • Dimensions: 147mm x 211mm x 23mm | 408g
  • Publication date: 5 August 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Berkeley
  • ISBN 10: 1582436053
  • ISBN 13: 9781582436050
  • Sales rank: 316,040

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Beginning with a letter of admiration for James Salter's novel A Sport and a Pastime, the correspondence between Robert Phelps and James Salter developed into a long friendship spanning two decades. These letters give an intimate look at the professional and personal trials of each author and their mutually supportive relationship. James Salter had written the novels The Hunters and The Arm of Flesh, both of which draw upon his time in the Air Force during the Korean War. However, it was Salter's film, Three, that compelled Robert Phelps to continue the conversation with another beautiful letter. What resulted are more than two hundred letters that provide insight into why Phelps's fictional work remained largely unfinished after his debut novel, Heroes and Orators. The success of one man and the struggles of another are fully revealed by the men themselves in this collection of letters, giving a voice to a nearly forgotten author and his friendship with a man he admired.

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Praise for James Salter "Salter particularly rewards those for whom reading is an intense pleasure." --Susan Sontag "Sentence for sentence Salter is the master." --Richard Ford "Salter inhabits the same rarefied heights as Flannery O'Connor, Paul Bowles, Tennessee Williams, and John Cheever." --"The Washington Post Book World"