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, producing an innovative framework for the movie.
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