Charles Portis has long been acclaimed as one of America's foremost comic writers. True Grit is his most famous novel--first published in 1968, and the basis for the movie of the same name starring John Wayne. It tells the story of Mattie Ross, who is just fourteen years of age when a coward going by the name of Tom Chaney shoots her father down in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and robs him of his life, his horse, and $150 in cash money. Mattie leaves home to avenge her father's blood. With the one-eyed Rooster Cogburn, the meanest available U.S. Marshal, by her side, Mattie pursues the homicide into Indian Territory.
True Grit is eccentric, cool, straight, and unflinching, like Mattie herself. From a writer of true cult status, this is an American classic through and through. This new edition, with a smart new package and an afterword by acclaimed author Donna Tartt, will bring this masterpiece to an even broader audience.
Adapted for the screen in critically acclaimed versions starring John Wayne and later Jeff Bridges, Charles Portis's TRUE GRIT (1968) tells a classic American story of friendship, loyalty, and revenge. When a no-good man kills her father and steals his horse and a small amount of money, fourteen-year-old Mattie Ross wants something done about it. Out in wild, frontier Arkansas, however, no one seems to care. So Mattie takes things into her own hands, hiring the U.S. Marshal with the nastiest reputation, Rooster Cogburn, to help her hunt down her man. In need of cash, the one-eyed marshal reluctantly agrees to her terms, and the odd pair set off on a true adventure--with a Texas Ranger close on their heels.
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- November 5, 2010
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