Savage Art: A Biography of Jim Thompson

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 560 pages
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Robert Polito recounts Thompson's relationship with his father, a disgraced Oklahoma sheriff, with the women he adored in life and murdered on the page, with alcohol, would-be censors, and Hollywood auteurs. Unrelenting and empathetic, casting light into the darker caverns of our collective psyche, Savage Art is an exemplary homage to an American original. A National Book Critics Circle Award winner. 57 photos.

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Review: Savage Art: A Biography of Jim Thompson

User Review  - Sheldon Russell - Goodreads

Carefully researched & well written. Read full review

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User Review  - Bob Mackey - Goodreads

I had my reservations about diving into another Jim Thompson biography, because the last one I read, Michael J. McCauley's Sleep with the Devil, felt more like a meandering thesis than a true account ... Read full review

About the author (1996)

Robert Polito is the author of Savage Art: A Biography of Jim Thompson, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and an Edgar Award.

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