Memorable Days by Robert Phelps Dirda
The Selected Letters of James Salter and Robert Phelps

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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 successes 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.

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James Salter is the author of five novels, including The Arm of Flesh, Solo Faces, A Sport and a Pastime, and Light Years, as well as a memoir, Burning the Days. His collection of short fiction Dusk and Other Stories was awarded the PEN/Faulkner award in 1988.
Published June 21, 2010 by Counterpoint. 242 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Authors Salter and Phelps reveal their undying friendship and intense connection in this well-edited collection of 20 years of their correspondence.

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Oregon Live

A prolific journalist and critic, Phelps loved Salter's short novel "A Sport and a Pastime" and wrote Salter an admiring letter in 1969 that praised the book and two films Salter was involved with as writer ("Downhill Racer") and director ("Three").

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Anyone nostalgic for letter writing would relish the unhurried contemplation between Salter and Phelps.

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