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True Grit

True Grit

by Charles Portis
True Grit

True Grit

by Charles Portis

Paperback(Movie Tie-in)

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#1 New York Times bestseller
“An epic and a legend” —Washington Post
“Quite simply, an American masterpiece.” —Boston Globe
“The dialogue in True Grit is exquisite.” —David Mamet
“Charles Portis had a wonderful talent—original, quirky, exciting.” —Larry McMurtry

Charles Portis has long been acclaimed as one of America’s most enduring and incomparable literary voices, and his novels have left an indelible mark on the American canon. True Grit, his most famous novel, was first published in 1968, and has garnered critical acclaim as well as enthusiastic praise from countless passionate fans for more than fifty years.

This story of danger and adventure in the old west became the basis for two award-winning films, the first starring John Wayne, in his only Oscar-winning role, as Marshall Rooster Cogburn, and the widely praised remake by the Coen brothers, starring Jeff Bridges.

True Grit tells the story of Mattie Ross, who is just fourteen when the coward Tom Chaney shoots her father in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and robs him of his life, his horse, and $150 cash. Filled with an unwavering urge to avenge her father’s blood, Mattie finds and, after some tenacious finagling, enlists one-eyed Rooster Cogburn, the meanest available US Marshal, as her partner in pursuit, and they head off into Indian Territory after the killer.

True Grit is essential reading. Not just a classic Western, but an undeniable classic of American literature as eccentric, cool, funny, and unflinching as Mattie Ross herself. For fans of either the John Wayne classic or the more recent Coen brothers’ movie, it’s a chance to relive the story of Mattie and Rooster and experience their story as it was originally told. For fans of taut, funny storytelling, it will be a joy to experience in its original form.

This edition includes an afterword by bestselling author Donna Tartt (The Secret History and The Goldfinch) and a reading group guide.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590204597
Publisher: The Overlook Press
Publication date: 11/05/2010
Edition description: Movie Tie-in
Pages: 235
Sales rank: 29,254
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile: 800L (what's this?)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Charles Portis (b. December 28, 1933, d. February 17, 2020) lived in Arkansas, where he was born and educated. He served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War, was the London bureau chief of the New York Herald-Tribune, and was a writer for The New Yorker. He was the author of five novels: Norwood, The Dog of the South, Masters of Atlantis, True Grit, and Gringos.

What People are Saying About This

Roald Dahl

"True Grit is the best novel to come my way in a very long time… Marvelous."

John Wayne

I loved that book. Charles Portis got a real Mark Twain feeling, the cynicism and the humor. I tried to buy the book myself.

Jonathan Lethem

Like Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn and Thomas Berger's Little Big Man, Charles Portis's True Grit captures the naïve elegance of the American voice.

From the Publisher

“Tom Wolfe, who worked with Portis as a reporter at the New York Herald-Tribune in the early 1960s called him ¦the original laconic cutup.¦ A generation of novelists since then have simply regarded him as a writers¦ writer and have made his name a sort of secret password. Soon, they¦ll no longer have him to themselves.” —Rolling Stone Magazine

¦An epic and a legend.¦ -- The Washington Post

¦Like Mark Twain¦s Huckleberry Finn and Thomas Berger¦s Little Big Man, Charles Portis¦s True Grit captures the nanve elegance of the American voice.¦ -- Jonathan Lethem

¦An instant classicè.Read it and have the most fun you¦ve had reading a novel in years, maybe decades.¦ -- Newsday

¦Skillfully constructed, a comic tour de force.¦ -- The New York Times Book Review

¦Charles Portis details the savagery of the 1870s frontier through an astonishing narrative voice: that of the 14-year- old Mattie Ross, a flinty, skeptical, Bible-thumping scourge¦ -- Wall Street Journal

¦I loved that book. Charles Portis got a real Mark Twain feeling, the cynicism and the humor. I tried to buy the book myself.¦ -- John Wayne

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