True Grit

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Article in Adult Fiction and Big Read categories.

Printable versions of this booklist are available as .pdf's here.


About the Author

Works by Charles Portis


Short pieces:

Guns for Hire and Hardscrabble Heroes: Adventures & Untamed Characters

The Thicket, by Joe Lansdale The Big Sky, by A. B. Guthrie When the Legends Die, by Hal Borland Far Bright Star, by Robert Olmstead Shavetail, by Thomas Cobb The Border Trilogy by Cormac McCarthy, start with All The Pretty Horses The Son, by Philipp Meyer

Home on the Range: Tales from the Frontier

Roughing It, by Mark Twain Death Comes for the Archbishop, by Willa Cather Little House on the Prairie, by Laura Ingalls Wilder Angle of Repose, by Wallace Stegner A Sudden Country, by Karen Fisher

Classic and Not-so-Classic Westerns

The Virginian, by Owen Wister Riders of the Purple Sage, by Zane Grey The Collected Short Stories of Louis L'Amour The Sisters Brothers, by Patrick DeWitt Spoon, Robert Greer Buffalo Girls, by Larry McMurtry Deadwood, by Pete Dexter

Lawmen & White Hats: Featuring Texas Rangers and US Marshals

Lonesome Dove, by Larry McMurtry Raylan, by Elmore Leonard

Revenge & Justice

Tenacious Heroines

Winter's Bone, by Daniel Woodrell Salvage the Bones, by Jesmyn Ward Once Upon a River, by Bonnie Jo Campbell Bohemian Girl, by Terese Svoboda The Passage, by Justin Cronin In Calamity's Wake, by Natalee Caple


Rooster: the Life and Times of the real Rooster Cogburn, the Man who Inspired True Grit, by Brett Cogburn

DVDs to Watch

  • True Grit (John Wayne)
  • True Grit (Coen Brothers)
  • Rooster Cogburn
  • Django Unchained
  • Justified

Books for Youth?

Case of the Deadly Desperadoes

External Links

Others? Doc, by Mary Doria Russell