Savage Art: A Biography of Jim Thompson

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Serpent's Tail, 1997 - Authors, American - 543 pages
'The art of Jim Thompson was always a tightrope act, those first-person sadist heroes settling a lot of the writer's psychic debts. Drunk, he would babble on in an agony of guilt about his sheriff father's demise in an old people's home, inventing a death by swallowing mattress stuffing. Not a head you'd want, though you might envy the prose. A great biography' Brian Case, Time Out

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A triple-decker biography of the darkest of all practitioners of noir fiction (The Stranger Inside Me, The Grifters, etc.). After a brisk, incisive critical overview of Thompson's work, Polito, editor ... Read full review

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Polito, who directs the writing program at New York City's New School for Social Research and who edited and wrote the introduction for the Thompson anthology Fireworks (Donald I. Fine, 1988 ... Read full review

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About the author (1997)

Robert Polito coedited and introduced Fireworks, an anthology of Jim Thompson's 'lost writings.' He is also the author of Doubles (a book of poems) and A Reader's Guide to James Merrill's 'The Changing Light at Sandover.' He is director of the writing program at the New School for Social Research and lives in New York City. Savage Art was awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award.

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