Remembering James Salter

Honoring the life and work of a true "writer's writer."

Remembering James Salter

James Salter, the novelist, short story writer, and screenwriter, died on Friday, June 19, 2015.

Born in 1925, he grew up in New York City and was a career officer and air force pilot until his mid-thirties, when the success of his first novel (The Hunters) led to a full-time writing career. Salter’s potent, lyrical prose earned him acclaim from critics, readers, and fellow novelists. His novel A Sport and a Pastime was hailed by the New York Times as “nearly perfect as any American fiction.”

We remember him in this video, in which Salter speaks about his unforgettable experience of taking off alone in the pursuit of writing: “You suddenly feel a pair of wings on you …”

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