This collection offers two dozen essays and sketches about one of the passions of Salter’s life, travel, a subject beloved by writers across the centuries. Over twenty years of skiing, hiking, climbing — from Colorado to Japan to the Tyrol, from Austria and Switzerland to Germany and France, Salter is an engaging companion sharing his great enthusiasm and adventures. James Salter’s novels and volumes of memoir have been widely celebrated and he is now recognized as one of America’s most important writers. Susan Sontag once remarked, “[Salter] is among the very few North American writers all of whose work I want to read, whose as yet unpublished books I wait for impatiently.”
There and Then
The Travel Writing of James Salter
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JAMES SALTER, born in 1925, grew up in New York City and was a career officer and air force pilot until the success of his first novel, The Hunters, led to a full-time writing career. He was the recipient of a PEN/Faulkner Award and the PEN/Malamud Award, among others. He died on June 19, 2015, at ninety years old.