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About the Author: R.G. Vliet

Russell G. Vliet (1929-1984) was a playwright, novelist, and poet. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of a naval medical officer. He was educated at Southwest Texas State University and did graduate work at Yale. Vliet three times won the Texas Institute of Letters Award, twice for collections of poems and once for his novel Solitudes. In 1968 he was a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow in Fiction. He was the author of three collections of Poetry: Events and Celebrations (1966), The Man with the Black Mouth (1970), and Water and Stone (1980). Vliet died in May of 1984, in North Adams, Massachusetts, just days after completing his final novel, Scorpio Rising.

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Hardcover, Published in Jan 1986 by Texas Christian University Press

ISBN10: 0875650635 | ISBN13: 9780875650630

Page count: 270

"Vliet's prose is a joy and a continual surprise. There is nobody else with his talent for evoking Texas as it was in the 1880's; nobody else who gives us the same sharp feeling for landscape, animals, birds, changing skies, and above all for the people, as they lived out their solitary, violent lives full of kindness, resentments, and hardships accepted without complaint. Vliet's writing is close to being a national treasure."
- Malcolm Cowley

Texas, in the 1880's. A man, provoked, kills another man. In the dead man's pocket, a picture of a beautiful woman. In the mind of the man who killed him, an obsessive determination to find the woman, and to know her. It is this search, and the eventual confrontation of passion and will, that galvanize this remarkable, and remarkably involving, novel about life in another time, another place...

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