A John Graves Reader by John GravesA John Graves Reader by John Graves

A John Graves Reader

byJohn Graves

Paperback | January 1, 1996

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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.

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.

John Graves (1920–2013) lived and wrote in Glen Rose, Texas, in the Hard Scrabble country that inspired so much of his work. A recipient of many honors for his writing (including a National Book Award nomination for Goodbye to a River), he is a former president of the Texas Institute of Letters and a past holder of a Guggenheim and a ...
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Title:A John Graves ReaderFormat:PaperbackDimensions:351 pages, 9.25 × 6.06 × 1.75 inPublished:January 1, 1996Publisher:University Of Texas Press

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ISBN - 10:0292727968

ISBN - 13:9780292727960

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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

From Our Editors

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.

Editorial Reviews

"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