A John Graves Reader

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Since the publication of his haunting, elegiac Goodbye to a River in 1960, John Graves has become one of Texas' most beloved writers, whose circle of loyal readers extends far beyond the borders of his home state. A "regional" writer only by virtue of his gift for vividly evoking the spirit of the land and its people, Mr. Graves is also admired for the unerring craftsmanship of his prose.

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Overview

Since the publication of his haunting, elegiac Goodbye to a River in 1960, John Graves has become one of Texas' most beloved writers, whose circle of loyal readers extends far beyond the borders of his home state. A "regional" writer only by virtue of his gift for vividly evoking the spirit of the land and its people, Mr. Graves is also admired for the unerring craftsmanship of his prose.

Now the University of Texas Press takes great pleasure in publishing A John Graves Reader to introduce his writing to a new generation of readers. This anthology contains selections from Goodbye to a River and his two other major books, Hard Scrabble (1974) and From a Limestone Ledge (1980). It also includes short stories and essays, some of which have never been published before and others that Mr. Graves has reworked especially for this book.

All of the pieces in this anthology were chosen by Mr. Graves himself to be, in his words, "representative of my writing, for better or worse." They reflect various stages of his life and writing career—youth in Texas, World War II, sojourns in New York, Mexico, and Europe during the 1940s and 1950s, and his final return to Texas as home and as subject matter—as well as recurring themes in his writing, from the land and the people to fishing, traveling, and the enduring friendships that have enriched his life.

For those who have never read John Graves, this anthology will be the perfect introduction to the range and excellence of his work. At the same time, those who have read him faithfully for many years will find new pieces to enjoy, as well as old favorites to savor once again.

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What People Are Saying

Larry McMurtry
John Graves' writing is invaluable; his voice is both worldly, in the good sense, and local, also in the good sense. His work is informed by a kind of grace, much experience, and some hard experience, reflected upon by a questioning, tolerant intelligence. The reader who misses him will have missed much, which makes this Reader all the more valuable.
Larry McMurtry
John Graves' writing is invaluable; his voice is both worldly, in the good sense, and local, also in the good sense. His work is informed by a kind of grace, much experience, and some hard experience, reflected upon by a questioning, tolerant intelligence. The reader who misses him will have missed much, which makes this Reader all the more valuable.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292727960
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1996
  • Series: Southwestern Writers Collection Series
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Looking Back
Self-Portrait, with Birds

The Land
His Chapter
Nineteen Cows
Cowboys: A Few Thoughts from the Sidelines
A Loser
Conclusion of Hard Scrabble

Texas Past
The Last Running
The Dreamer

Side Roads
Chapter 10 of Goodbye to a River
Fishing the Run
The Water of Life
Kindred Spirits

Some Friends
George Williams
José Mut
Alexander Brook
Jack Staub
Blue and Some Other Dogs

Elsewhere
The Green Fly
The Aztec Dog
In the Absence of Horses
A Valley
A Speckled Horse

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  • Posted August 31, 2013

    What a Treasure!

    I'm a newcomer to writer John Graves who past away recently. This book contains selections from the author's many books, some of which are hard to find. It also contains short stories and essays which have never been published. I can't get enough or read enough of his wonderful stories and prose! His words form a picture in your mind of the nature around him, whether it be while fishing or walking through the various scenic areas of Texas. His writing style reminds me of Aldo Leopold. I truly did not want this book to end!

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