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Don’t Save Anything

The Uncollected Writings of James Salter

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ON SALE: November 14, 2017 | Hardcover | 6 x 9, 320 pages | ISBN 9781619029361

James Salter was a master. One of the greatest writers of American sentences in our literary history, his acute and glimmering portrayals of characters are built with a restrained and poetic style. The author of many memorable works of fiction— including Dusk and Other Stories, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award—he is also celebrated for his memoirs and many nonfiction essays.

In her preface, Kay Salter writes, “Don’t Save Anything is a volume of the best of Jim’s nonfiction—articles published but never collected in one place until now. Though those many boxes were overflowing with papers, in the end it’s not really a matter of quantity. These pieces reveal some of the breadth and depth of Jim’s endless interest in the world and the people in it . . . One of the greatest pleasures in writing non-fiction is the writer’s feeling of exploration, of learning about things he doesn’t know, of finding out by reading and observing and asking questions, and then writing it down. That’s what you’ll find here.”

This collection gathers his thoughts on writing and profiles of famous writers, observations of the changing American military life, evocations of Aspen winters, musings on mountain climbing and skiing, and tales of travels to Europe and Asia which first appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, People Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, the Aspen Times, and many other publications.

JAMES SALTER was a novelist, short story writer, screenwriter, essayist, and journalist. Salter’s potent, lyrical prose earned him the praise of readers, writers, and critics. The New York Times called his novel A Sport and a Pastime “as nearly perfect as any American fiction,” and it became part of the prestigious Modern Library Collection. He won the PEN/Faulkner Award for his collection Dusk and Other Stories and was also the winner of the Windham Campbell Prize, the PEN/ Malamud Award, The Paris Review’s Hadada, and others. He died on June 19, 2015, at age ninety.


“There is scarcely a writer alive who could not learn from his passion and precision of language.” —Peter Matthiessen, cofounder of The Paris Review

“Salter is a writer who particularly rewards those for whom reading is an intense pleasure.” —Susan Sontag

“Salter inhabits the same rarefied heights as Flannery O’Connor, Paul Bowles, Tennessee Williams, and John Cheever.” —Ned Rorem, Washington Post Book World

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