Savage Art: A Biography of Jim Thompson

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Vintage Books, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 543 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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SAVAGE ART: A Biography of Jim Thompson

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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

Savage art: a biography of Jim Thompson

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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 (1996)

Robert Polito is a poet, essayist, and critic whose works include Hollywood & God and Doubles. Additionally, his critical works include A Reader's Guide to James Merrill's The Changing Light at Sandover and At the Titan's Breakfast: Three Essays on Byron's Poetry. Polito has served as president of the Poetry Foundation and hosts a radio show aimed at showcasing emerging poets called PoetryNow.

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