The Cavalry Charges
Writings on Books, Film, and Music, Revised Edition
A career-spanning volume of essays from the renowned American author, poet, and screenwriter
The Cavalry Charges: Writings on Books, Film, and Music, Revised Edition is a collection of anecdotal reflections that relate many of the experiences that shaped Barry Gifford as a writer. Representative of Gifford’s body of work, this volume is divided into three sections: books, film and television, and music. Within these sections, Gifford’s best work is showcased, including a nine-part dossier on Marlon Brando’s One-Eyed Jacks in which Gifford examines the public and private lives of those involved in the film.
New to the collection are four previously published essays: a brief look at the novels of Álvaro Mutis; a reflection on Gifford’s schooling under Nebraska poet John Neihardt; an essay on Elliot Chaze and his novel Black Wings Has My Angel; and a short piece on Sailor and Lula.
[T]his spicy jambalaya of a book . . . is surprisingly moving . . . sprawling, deeply felt, fascinating, incisive, The Cavalry Charges is Barry Gifford on just about everything.- Washington Post