Memorable Days: The Selected Letters of James Salter and Robert Phelps

James Salter, Author, Robert Phelps, Author, John McIntyre, Editor, Michael Dirda, Foreword by
James Salter and Robert Phelps, edited by John McIntyre, Counterpoint (PGW, dist.), $25 (216p) ISBN 9781582436050
Reviewed on: 08/16/2010
Release date: 07/01/2010
Paperback - 212 pages - 978-1-58243-726-2
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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. After the release of Salter's film Three, Phelps wrote him a letter conveying his appreciation for many of his works. A relationship immediately bloomed. In letters the two men mention family matters often, but in a matter-of-fact manner; real displays of emotion were saved for addressing each another, as though each were the most important person in the other's life. They discuss hardships and challenges within their personal and professional lives (expressing concern over writing for personal vs. monetary gain, for instance). 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. (July)
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