Among the best short story writers (top row): John Cheever, Eudora Welty, Raymond Carver; (Bottom row): Ron Rash, Flannery O’Connor and Richard Ford

And the rocket’s red glare. The bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there From The Star Spangled Banner (1814)(...)

James Salter: American novelist with a huge critical reputation. Photograph: New York Times

James Salter, who has died aged 90, was an American writer whose intimately detailed novels and short stories kept a small but devoted audience in his(...)

James Salter at home in Bridgehampton, New York, in 1999: “Life passes into pages if it passes into anything.” Photograph: Chester Higgins Jr/The New York Times

James Salter, whose intimately detailed novels and short stories kept a small but devoted audience in his thrall for more than half a century, died la(...)

From left : Una Mullally, journaslist, Shami Chakrabarti, director of Liberty, the civil liberties organisation, and Louise Lowe, theatre director and playwright, on the opening night of the Dublin Writers Festival, at Smock Alley Theatre. Photograph: Eric Luke

Literary festivals and the F-word make for unlikely companions, but so it was. Last night, in one of the first events of th(...)

Sexual fulfilment is a contentious arena, rife with insecurity, terror, need and an element of calculation. It is also the most difficult terra(...)

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On a cold recent day the ocean at Bridgehampton is vast and grey; the waves crash, as in James Salter’s story My L(...)