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Difficult Lives Hitching Rides
By (author): James Sallis

ISBN:

9781681990446

Product Form:

Paperback

Form detail:

Trade
Paperback , Trade
English

Audience:

General/trade
Jun 07, 2022
$19.99 CAD
Forthcoming

Dimensions:

8in x 5.08 in | 0.81 lb

Page Count:

0 pages
Soho Press
Soho Syndicate
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Literary Figures
James Sallis’s (Drive) seminal biographical essays on crime fiction pioneers Jim Thompson, David Goodis, and Chester Himes restored to print and joined by a handpicked collection of essays, reviews, and introductory writings on noir fiction.

At the time of its original publication by Gryphon Books in 1993, Difficult Lives was a pioneering work of literary investigation. Sallis’s subjects of Himes, Goodis, and Thompson were as enigmatic as they were out-of-print, and literary scholarship on the subject of their lives and works scant. As the title of the collection indicates, the three men led difficult lives, and although they forever changed the history of crime writing, they all passed in relative isolation.

The literary detective work Sallis did then has been built upon since but rarely with the same poetry and authorial sympathy. Despite there now existing several works of academic and popular biography on each writer Sallis’s novella-length biographies retain the sense of the newly uncovered.

Those three pieces, “Jim Thompson: Dime-store Dosteoevski,” “David Goodis: Life in Black and White,” and “Chester Himes: America’s Black Heartland” are prefigured by a new introduction by the author as well as the original introduction, “Portable Worlds: The First Paperback Novel.” Following Difficult Lives is collection of reviews, essays and introductions, selected by Sallis, covering a wide range of crime fiction’s most legendary authors and books: Derek Raymond, Jean-Patrick Manchette, Boris Vian, Patricia Highsmith, James Lee Burke, George Pelecanos, Paco Taibo, Shirley Jackson, and more.

A celebrated and pioneering work of literary criticism that has been out of print for over a decade.

With a new Introduction and over 75% newly included material contains a wide array of essays, reviews, and introductions written by Sallis.

Fascinating subject matter covers a treasure trove of literature’s cult favorites: Chester Himes, Jim Thompson, David Goodis, Shirley Jackson, Derek Raymond among many others.

James Sallis has published seventeen novels, three books of musicology, multiple collections of short stories, poems, and essays, and translations of both prose and poetry. He’s a recipient of the Hammett Prize for literary excellence in crime fiction, the Grand Prix de Litterature Policiere, the Deutsche Krimipreis, and the Brigada 21 in Spain, as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award from Bouchercon. Sallis is best known for his novel Drive, which was made into what’s become an iconic film. His biography of Chester Himes was a NY Times Notable Book of the Year.

Author Residence: Phoenix, Arizona

Author Hometown: Helena, Arkansas

Marketing: Digital marketing campaign using subject matter keywords (authors, titles).

Social media advertising campaign using display and content advertising to target fans and followers of both Sallis and the subjects contained.

Galley promotion at ALA Midwinter.

Promotion via NoirCon’s newsletter.

Promtion at NoirCon and BoucherCon in the fall.



Publicity: National book review media campaign with specific traagetting of crime and mystery fiction outlets and literary venues that devote special coverage to classics.

Author Website: www.jamessallis.com/

Praise for James Sallis

“Then there’s James Sallis - he’s right up there, one of the best. It is quite possible that speaking of Jim Sallis in the same tone as Poe and Dostoevski is not overblowing on my part.”
—Harlan Ellison

“James Sallis is one of our greatest living crime writers…Try to get his words, his stories, his people out of your head. Just try.”
—Laura Lippman

“One of the most enjoyable and most important writers working today, James Sallis has quietly revolutionized an entire genre of literature. If you don’t ordinarily read crime fiction, you will love these books. if you do read crime fiction, you will never look at it the same after meeting Lew Griffith.”
—Sara Gran

“In addition to his masterly novels, Sallis is known for his work as a poet, and the lyrical beauty of his words shines through his pages. The story unfolds with the cadence of the down-home music that plays such an important part in the characters’ lives, weaving stories from the past through the narrative of the present to create a harmonious melody. It’s a crime that a writer this good isn’t better known.”
Chicago Sun-Times

“Sallis’s treatment is minimalist, stylish, and all the more evocative for it. Essential noir existentialism.”
The Guardian 

“The power of simplicity and the musical ring of truth as only Sallis can deliver it—as he has done bravely, consistently, for the last few decades.”
—The Los Angeles Times

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