All That Is

The Notebooks of James Salter: Outlines and Drafts of ‘The Hunters,’ ‘Solo Faces’ & More (PHOTOS)

He might be the greatest writer you've never heard of, and his first novel in 30 years, All That Is, might change that.

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The Notebooks of James Salter: Outlines and Drafts of 'The Hunters,' 'Solo Faces' & More (PHOTOS)

James Salter might be the greatest novelist that few people know about—he is admired but not a household name. That might change with his latest work, All That Is, his first in 30 years—Salter is 87. The Harry Ransom Center, the world-renowned research library and museum at the University of Texas, Austin, holds a number of Salter's notebooks in its archives, and the center shares with us a look back over the long career of one of America's most cherished writers.

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Solo Faces

The inside cover and first page of the notebook containing an early draft of Salter's 1979 novel, Solo Faces, dated October 17, 1974.

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Light Years

The cover, inside cover, and first page of the notebook containing the first draft of Salter's 1975 novel, Light Years, dated January 11, 1972.

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A Sport and a Pastime

The inside cover and first page of the notebook containing a draft of Salter's 1967 novel, A Sport and a Pastime, dated March 10, 1965.

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Cassada

The inside cover and first page of the notebook containing a draft of James Salter's 2001 novel, Cassada, a retelling of his 1961 novel The Arm of Flesh, dated November 10, 1998.

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The Hunters

The "Rough Re-Outline" of Salter's 1957 debut novel, The Hunters.