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Memorable Days

The Selected Letters of James Salter and Robert Phelps

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July 12, 2011 | Paperback | 5.5 x 8.2, 240 Pages | ISBN 9781582437262
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“More than friends and less than lovers, Salter and Phelps were literary soul mates.” —Publishers Weekly

James Salter had written two novels, The Hunters and The Arm of Flesh, but it was his third, remarkable novel, A Sport and a Pastime, together with his film Three and a script he had written for Downhill Racer, that in 1969 elicited a letter of admiration from a writer and critic he did not know—Robert Phelps. The correspondence that resulted went on to span two decades.

The letters themselves are exceptionally alive, uninhibited, gossipy, touching, and brilliant. The success of Salter and the struggles of Phelps are fully explored by the writers themselves in an honest exchange only letters can divulge. Along with an insightful foreword by Michael Dirda, this book gives voice to a nearly forgotten figure and his friendship with a man he admired.

JAMES SALTER has written novels, essays, screenplays, and short stories, including Light Years, A Sport and a Pastime, and Gods of Tin. He divides his time between Aspen and Long Island.

ROBERT P HELPS wrote Heroes and Orators and The Literary Life, though he is better known for his role as editor of Earthly Paradise: Colette’s Autobiography. He died in 1989.

JOHN MCINTYRE (editor)’s work has appeared in the American Scholar. He has been named the Truman Capote Fellow by Rutgers University and the Andrew W. Mellon Fellow by the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas.


“It’s apparent that both men lived their lives for the thrill of art and writing, but also greatly enjoyed having a partner with whom they were able to intimately discuss their passions and dreams. More than friends and less than lovers, Salter and Phelps were literary soul mates.” —Publishers Weekly


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