Savage Art: A Biography of Jim Thompson

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Knopf, 1995 - Biography & Autobiography - 543 pages
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Jim Thompson wrote some of the darkest, boldest, and most celebrated modern crime novels, including The Grifters and The Killer Inside Me. In Savage Art, Robert Polito provides the first comprehensive biography of this brilliant American original. Combining exhaustive research with novelistic fluency, Polito reproduces the vital textures of Thompson's world and provides the first thorough chronicle of his private and public history, tracing Thompson's dramatization of his innermost life in the "savage art" of his surprisingly personal novels. A vivid and compelling reclamation of a lost American writer, Savage Art is also a stunning addition to the literary annals of twentieth-century America.

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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

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Carefully researched & well written. Read full review


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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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