James Salter is an American short story writer and novelist. He is widely regarded as one of the most gifted artistic writers of modern American fiction. His memoir “Burning the Days” chronicles the impact his experiences at West Point, in the Air Force, and as a celebrity pseudo-expatriate in Europe had on the way he viewed his life-style changes. Salter was elected to The American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2000.
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