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True Grit 50th Anniversary Edition

Charles Portis

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ISBN 13: 978-1-4683-1640-7
Trim Size: 5 3/8" x 8"
Paperback with flaps
The Overlook Press
6/12/18

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The landmark anniversary edition of the #1 New York Times bestselling classic novel, “an epic and a legend” (The Washington Post)

The most famous novel by Charles Portis, True Grit is a rousing frontier adventure tale in which fourteen-year-old Mattie Ross seeks to avenge her father’s murder by the coward Tom Chaney with the aid of the mean and one-eyed US marshal named Rooster Cogburn. A finely crafted novel brimming with mastery, humor, and epic sweep, it’s no surprise it’s a favorite of writers as wide ranging as Mary Roach and Anthony Bourdain to Jonathan Lethem and Bob Odenkirk. The book has inspired two award-winning films―the original version and the wildly acclaimed remake by Joel and Ethan Coen―and Overlook’s movie tie-in edition to the Coen brothers’ film went on to become a #1 New York Times bestseller.

Now, to mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of this true American classic, Overlook is releasing a glorious new edition of True Grit in a deluxe flapped paperback format featuring specially-commissioned cover artwork. With new critical essays on Portis and his seminal work by New York Times bestselling author Jacquelyn Mitchard and writer Jay Jennings, editor of the collection Escape Velocity: A Charles Portis Miscellany, also published by Overlook; an insightful introduction by Roy Blount, Jr., acclaimed author and friend to Charles Portis; and an afterword by Donna Tartt, this anniversary edition of True Grit is the ultimate celebration of an American classic.

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

"Quite simply, an American masterpiece."
The Boston Globe

"Rollicking . . . a beaut narrated in the unforgettable voice of Mattie Ross . . . Portis has crazy-cool literary swagger."
Entertainment Weekly

"Charles Portis is an original, indescribable sui generis talent . . . Rereading Portis is one of the great pure pleasures—both visceral and cerebral—available in modern American literature."
—Ron Rosenbaum, Esquire

"It's possible that True Grit is the genuine article—a book so strong that it reads as myth."
—Ed Park, The Believer

"Charles Portis's True Grit is a masterpiece."
—Anthony Bourdain, The New York Times Book Review

"The dialogue in True Grit is exquisite."
—David Mamet, The Week

"I've always thought Charles Portis had a wonderful talent—original, quirky, exciting."
—Larry McMurtry

"Charles Portis's True Grit captures the naive elegance of the American voice."
—Jonathan Lethem


Charles Portis lives in Arkansas, where he was born and raised. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas, which in 2018 awarded him an honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters. 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 is the writer of four other novels, also available from The Overlook Press: Norwood, The Dog of the South, Masters of Atlantis, and Gringos. A selection of his writing has been collected in Escape Velocity: A Charles Portis Miscellany.

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