“True Grit” is one of my favorite books of all time, and I’m among many who have read it and re-read it and who know parts of it by heart.
Trust Sandy Frazier to write a piece of criticism that locates the secret of a book’s magic, and recreated some of that magic in miniature.
I loved this piece, thank you! Both the True Grit films rank high on my list of all time favourites, and I never knew they came from a book, and such an antique text! Coincidentally, I've just written a double Substack piece about Tom Hughes, a great friend of Lowell, a fan of The Bigelow Papers, and an abolitionist who set up a commune in Tennessee. He was famous in the UK as the author of Tom Brown's School Days. You might enjoy the stack?
Read it for first time about 10 years ago with my son, who was around 10 at the time. A great book for reading out loud.
"The book takes a hard look at Election and seems to conclude that if you're not one of the Elect having "true grit" might be almost as good." Amen to that : )
I will have to read it again now!