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True Grit

True Grit

by Charles Portis

I have never been one to flinch or crawfish when faced with an unpleasant task.

Works Cited

Excerpts from TRUE GRIT © 1968 by Charles Portis. Published by The Overlook Press, Peter Mayer Publishers Inc., New York, NY. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.

Gold, Glen David. "The Lure of the Oeuthre: On Charles Portis and Flannery O'Connor." Los Angeles Review of Books, 18 Nov. 2012.

Mast, Gerald. A Short History of the Movies, fourth edition. New York, NY: Macmillan, 1986.

Mast, Gerald and Marshall Cohen, eds. Film Theory and Criticism, second edition. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1979.

Park, Ed. "Like Cormac McCarthy, But Funny." Believer magazine, March 2003.

Portis, Charles. Jay Jennings, ed. Escape Velocity: A Charles Portis Miscellany. Little Rock: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, 2012.

---. "Letter from Charles Portis to William N. Black, Superintendent, Fort Smith National Historic Site," National Park Service, 29 May 2000.

---. True Grit. New York, NY: The Overlook Press, 2010.

Reed, Roy. "Interview with Charles Portis, Little Rock, Arkansas, 31 May 2001." Arkansas Gazette Project. Pryor Center for the Arkansas Oral and Visual History at the University of Arkansas, 31 May 2001.

Works Consulted

Freeman, Castle, Jr. "Owen Wister." Harvard Magazine, July-August 2002.

Halliwell, Leslie. Halliwell's Film and Video Guide, 6th ed. New York, NY: Scribner and Sons, 1987.

Kokes, Gina. "True Grit [Book and Movies]." Encyclopedia of Arkansas. 22 Sept. 2011.

Moore, Bryan L. "Charles McColl Portis (1933-)." Encyclopedia of Arkansas. 12 Oct. 2012.

Portis, Charles. "Combinations of Jacksons," The Atlantic Monthly, May 1999.

Witschi, Nicolas S. A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American West. Malden: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.


Writer: Jay Jennings. "Portis of Arkansas" adapted from his introduction to Escape Velocity: A Charles Portis Miscellany, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, 2012.

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