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James Salter


James Salter was born James Arnold Horowitz in Passaic, New Jersey in 1925. His father was a builder. When he was two, the family moved to New York, where his father worked in real estate. After school he went to West Point and trained as a pilot. He flew transport planes for the Air Force to and from Hawaii. At this time, he adopted the pen name James Salter and started work on his first novel. In 1948, he went to Georgetown University, where he earned a Master’s in international affairs. He then became a fighter pilot during the Korean War, which became the basis for his first novel. When he received $60,000 for the film rights, he reluctantly resigned from the Air Force to become a full-time novelist. However, he was active in the National Guard and, during the Russian blockade of Berlin, he served in France, where he met the writer, Irwin Shaw, who was a big influence on him. He started writing screen plays, including the screenplay for Downhill Racer, starring Robert Redford. He later returned to novel writing, producing his best-known works. He had become virtually forgotten, till he produced his first novel for over thirty years with All That Is in 2013. He died in 2015.

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1956 The Hunters
1961 The Arm of Flesh (later: Cassada) (novel)
1967 A Sport and a Pastime (novel)
1975 Light Years (novel)
1979 Solo Faces (novel)
1988 Dusk and Other Stories (stories)
1988 Still Such (poetry)
2006 Tasting Paris: An Intimate Guide: The Streets, The Bistros and the Louvre (with his wife, Kay Eldredge) (food)
1997 Burning the Days (memoirs)
2004 Gods of Tin (compilation)
2005 Last Night (stories)
2005 There and Then: The Travel Writing of James Salter (travel)
2006 Life Is Meals: A Food Lover’s Book of Days (with his wife, Kay Eldredge) (food)
2006 My Lord You and Palm Court (stories)
2010 Memorable Days: The Selected Letters of James Salter and Robert Phelps
2013 All That Is (novel)
2013 Collected Stories (stories)
2017 Don’t Save Anything (essays)