Charles Portis (1933-2020) was born and reared in Arkansas and spent the majority of his life there. He was a writer for The New Yorker and served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War. He was also the London bureau chief of the New York Herald-Tribune. Norwood, The Hound of the South, Masters of Atlantis, and Gringos are his other novels, all of which are available from The Overlook Press. Escape Velocity: A Charles Portis Miscellany contains a collection of his writing.