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Escape Velocity

Charles Portis

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ISBN 13: 978-1-4683-0739-9
Trim Size: 5 3/8 x 8

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Best known for his glorious comic novels—including the American classic True Grit—Charles Portis is also a prolific essayist, travel writer, and newspaper reporter. Now, for the first time, these writings—journalism, short fiction, memoir, travel stories, and even a play—have been brought together in Escape Velocity: A Charles Portis Miscellany. The collection encompasses the breadth of Portis’s fifty-year writing career, covering topics as varied as road tripping in Baja, Elvis’s visits to his aging mother, and his own boyhood in Arkansas. Also included in Escape Velocity are Portis’s three-act play Delray’s New Moon and tributes by Donna Tartt, Wells Tower, Ron Rosenbaum, Ed Park, and Roy Blount Jr. While fans of Charles Portis’s droll Southern humor, quirky characters, and keen ear for detail will be thrilled at this new addition to their libraries, Escape Velocity will also serve as an essential introduction to those not yet familiar with his work.

Charles Portis lives 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 is the author of True Grit and four other novels, also published by The Overlook Press: Dog of the South, Masters of Atlantis, Gringos, and Norwood.

Jay Jennings is a freelance writer whose work appears regularly in The New York Times Book Review. His book Carry the Rock: Race, Football, and the Soul of an American City was named a 2010 Okra Pick by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance.

Praise For Charles Portis and Escape Velocity

“His newspaper writing is as richly textured as any of the New Journalism that emerged in the 1960s but with none of the fireworks that betray the writer's effort at innovation.” --Wes Davis, Wall Street Journal

“What makes his work magical is the deadpan brilliance of his language, which is at once extraordinarily observant — he notices the iridescent rainbow sheen on a slice of roast beef — and yet comically askew, so that we see the world in a way we've not quite seen it before.” -- John Powers, NPR

“A thoughtfully composed selection of published work spiced with rare and fresh material.... Portis really shines in this collection” --Carlo Rotella, The New York Times Book Review

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