Charles Portis


Born
in El Dorado, Arkansas, The United States
December 28, 1933

Died
February 17, 2020

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Charles McColl Portis was an American author best known for his novels Norwood (1966) and the classic Western True Grit (1968), both adapted as films. The latter also inspired a film sequel and a made-for-TV movie sequel. A newer film adaptation of True Grit was released in 2010.

Portis served in the Marine Corps during the Korean war and attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He graduated with a degree in journalism in 1958.

His journalistic career included work at the Arkansas Gazette before he moved to New York to work for The New York Herald Tribune. After serving as the London bureau chief for the The New York Herald Tribune, he left journalism in 1964 and returned to Arkansas to write novels.


Average rating: 4.06 · 59,692 ratings · 7,367 reviews · 7 distinct worksSimilar authors
True Grit

4.12 avg rating — 47,990 ratings — published 1968 — 112 editions
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The Dog of the South

3.82 avg rating — 4,953 ratings — published 1979 — 27 editions
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Norwood

3.86 avg rating — 2,922 ratings — published 1966 — 20 editions
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Masters of Atlantis

3.72 avg rating — 2,060 ratings — published 1985 — 17 editions
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Gringos

3.95 avg rating — 1,430 ratings — published 1991 — 11 editions
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True Grit: Mean Business

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“You must pay for everything in this world one way and another. There is nothing free except the Grace of God. You cannot earn that or deserve it.”
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“Nothing I like to do pays well.”
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“Lookin' back is a bad habit.”
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