Savage Art: Biog of Jim Thompson

Savage Art: Biog of Jim Thompson

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This work comprises a biography of modern crime novelist, Jim Thompson, whose works comprise "The Grifters" and "The Killer Inside Me". It combines extensive research with a novelistic style to present a chronicle of Thompson's private and public history. After an itinerant childhood during which his sheriff father was driven from office for embezzlement; and as a roughneck in the Texan oil fields of the 1920s, Thompson's leftist leanings were galvanized, leading to his membership of the Wobblies and the Communist Party. He became successful as a writer with the pulp fiction houses of the 1950s, writing a dozen of his more enduring novels in just 19 more

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  • Paperback | 560 pages
  • 132 x 200 x 28mm | 521.64g
  • Profile Books Ltd
  • Serpent's Tail
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 24 b&w illustrations
  • 1852425717
  • 9781852425715

About Robert Polito

Robert Polito coedited and introduced Fireworks, an anthology of Jim Thompson s lost writings. He is also the author of Doubles (a book of poems) and A Reader s Guide to James Merrill s The Changing Light at Sandover. He is director of the writing program at the New School for Social Research and lives in New York City. Savage Art was awarded the National Book Critics Circle more

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