Land of the permanent wave: an Edwin "Bud" Shrake reader

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University of Texas Press, Apr 1, 2008 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 329 pages
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Edwin "Bud" Shrake is one of the most intriguing literary talents to emerge from Texas. He has written vividly in fiction and nonfiction about everything from the early days of the Texas Republic to the making of the atomic bomb. His real gift has been to capture the Texas Zeitgeist. Legendary Harper's Magazine editor Willie Morris called Shrake's essay "Land of the Permanent Wave" one of the two best pieces Morris ever published during his tenure at the magazine. High praise, indeed, when one considers that Norman Mailer and Seymour Hersh were just two of the luminaries featured at Harper's during Morris's reign.

This anthology is the first to present and explore Shrake's writing completely, including his journalism, fiction, and film work, both published and previously unpublished. The collection makes innovative use of his personal papers and letters to explore the connections between his journalism and his novels, between his life and his art. An exceptional behind-the-scenes look at his life, Land of the Permanent Wave reveals and reveres the life and calling of a writer whose legacy continues to influence and engage readers and writers nearly fifty years into his career.

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Bud Shrake is a natural story teller with a broad spirit of invention and a wild soul. This is an excellent collection of his work indeed, as I would read any longer version of the tales encapsulated ... Read full review

Contents

Is He Edwin or Is He Bud?
9
Jason and the Oui Oui Club from But Not for Love
22
The Land of the Permanent Wave
39
Copyright

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EDWIN "BUD" SHRAKE has worked as a journalist for Sports Illustrated, written several filmed screenplays, and is the author of several acclaimed novels, including Blessed McGill, Strange Peaches, and Billy Boy. He is also the co-author of Harvey Penick's Little Red Book, the best-selling sports book of all time. Shrake's newest novel is Custer's Brother's Horse.

STEVEN L. DAVIS is the Assistant Curator at the Southwestern Writers Collection/The Wittliff Collections at Texas State University-San Marcos and serves as editor of the Southwestern Writers Collection book series, published by the University of Texas Press. His previous books include Texas Literary Outlaws: Six Writers in the Sixties and Beyond.

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