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Charles Portis has been acclaimed as one of America's foremost comic writers. True Grit is his most famous novel — first published in 1968 — and the basis for the movie of the same name starring John Wayne (for which he won his only Academy Award). It tells the story of Mattie Ross, a fourteen-year-old girl from Dardanelle, Arkansas, who sets out in the winter of eighteen seventy-something to avenge the murder of her father.

Since not even Mattie (who is no self-doubter) would ride into Indian Territory alone, she convinces one-eyed Rooster Cogburn, the meanest available U.S. Marshall, to tag along with her. As Mattie outdickers and outmaneuvers the hard-bitten types in her path, as her performance under fire makes them eat their words, her indestructible vitality and harsh innocence by turns amuse, horrify, and touch the reader. What happens — to Mattie, to the gang of outlaws unfortunate enough to tangle with her — rings with the dramatic rightness of legend and the marvelous overtones, the continual surprises, of personality.

True Grit is eccentric, cool, straight, and unflinching, like Mattie herself, who tells the story a half-century later in a voice that sounds strong and sure enough to outlast us all.

Review:

"I've always thought Charles Portis had a wonderful talent — original, quirky, exciting." Larry McMurtry

Review:

"The best novel to come my way for a very long time....What a writer!" Roald Dahl

Review:

"It is a delight. Mattie Ross from near Dardanelle, Arkansas, is here to stay, like Huck Finn." Walker Percy

Synopsis:

Portis is one of America's foremost comic writers. True Grit is his most famous novel and the basis for the movie of the same name starring John Wayne. It tells the story of Mattie Ross, a 14-year-old girl from Arkansas, who sets out in the winter of 1870-something to avenge the murder of her father.

Synopsis:

Charles Portis has long been acclaimed as one of America's foremost comic writers. True Grit is his most famous novel--first published in 1968, and the basis for the movie of the same name starring John Wayne. It tells the story of Mattie Ross, who is just fourteen years of age when a coward going by the name of Tom Chaney shoots her father down in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and robs him of his life, his horse, and $150 in cash money. Mattie leaves home to avenge her father's blood. With the one-eyed Rooster Cogburn, the meanest available U.S. Marshal, by her side, Mattie pursues the homicide into Indian Territory.

True Grit is eccentric, cool, straight, and unflinching, like Mattie herself. From a writer of true cult status, this is an American classic through and through. This new edition, with a smart new package and an afterword by acclaimed author Donna Tartt, will bring this masterpiece to an even broader audience.

About the Author

Charles Portis lives in Arkansas, where he was born and educated. He served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War. As a reporter, he wrote for the New York Herald-Tribune and was also its London bureau chief. He is the author of four other novels, including Masters of Atlantis, The Dog of the South, Norwood, and Gringos.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781585679386
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Portis, Charles
Author:
Donna, Tartt
Afterword by:
Donna, Tartt
Afterword:
Donna, Tartt
Publisher:
Overlook TP
Subject:
Westerns - General
Subject:
Death
Subject:
Teenage girls
Subject:
Adventure
Subject:
Western stories
Subject:
Classics
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20101105
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.09x5.36x.66 in. .49 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 240 pages Overlook Press - English 9781585679386 Reviews:
"Review" by , "I've always thought Charles Portis had a wonderful talent — original, quirky, exciting."
"Review" by , "The best novel to come my way for a very long time....What a writer!"
"Review" by , "It is a delight. Mattie Ross from near Dardanelle, Arkansas, is here to stay, like Huck Finn."
"Synopsis" by , Portis is one of America's foremost comic writers. True Grit is his most famous novel and the basis for the movie of the same name starring John Wayne. It tells the story of Mattie Ross, a 14-year-old girl from Arkansas, who sets out in the winter of 1870-something to avenge the murder of her father.
"Synopsis" by ,
Charles Portis has long been acclaimed as one of America's foremost comic writers. True Grit is his most famous novel--first published in 1968, and the basis for the movie of the same name starring John Wayne. It tells the story of Mattie Ross, who is just fourteen years of age when a coward going by the name of Tom Chaney shoots her father down in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and robs him of his life, his horse, and $150 in cash money. Mattie leaves home to avenge her father's blood. With the one-eyed Rooster Cogburn, the meanest available U.S. Marshal, by her side, Mattie pursues the homicide into Indian Territory.

True Grit is eccentric, cool, straight, and unflinching, like Mattie herself. From a writer of true cult status, this is an American classic through and through. This new edition, with a smart new package and an afterword by acclaimed author Donna Tartt, will bring this masterpiece to an even broader audience.

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