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John Graves (born August 6, 1920 in Fort Worth, Texas) is a Texas writer best known for his book Goodbye to a River.

As a child growing up in Fort Worth and at his grandfather's ranch in Cuero, Graves was keenly interested in the landscape around him. He graduated from Rice Institute (now Rice University) in 1942. He subsequently served as a captain in the Marine Corps during World War II, until being wounded by a Japanese grenade on the island of Saipan. After the war, he went to graduate school at Columbia University, receiving his master's degree in 1948. While still at Columbia, in 1947, he published the short story “Quarry” in The New Yorker; he continued to publish fiction in magazines through the 1950s.

Following an early marriage and divorce, he traveled widely, spending considerable time in Spain and the Canary Islands, but returned to Texas in 1957 to care for his father, who was gravely ill. According to the Southwestern Writers Collection, which holds many of Graves's papers, "In November of that year, Graves completed a three-week canoe trip down part of the Brazos River that he feared was about to be changed forever by dams. His narrative chronicle of the trip was first published as a magazine article in Holiday, and later Graves added history, philosophy and folklore which resulted in his first major book, Goodbye to a River (1960). The book attracted national attention and critical praise for its original style. It won the Carr P. Collins Award of the Texas Institute of Letters in 1961 and was nominated for a National Book Award that year."[1]

In 1970 Graves and his family moved onto a property near Glen Rose, Texas that Graves had named Hard Scrabble. His writing about the farm and country life continued, with Observations on a Patch of Land, published in 1974, and From a Limestone Ledge (1980). The latter, which collected essays that Graves had published in Texas Monthly magazine, was also nominated for a National Book Award.

Graves continues to write about the environment and about Texas.

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Total Books: 67
Hard Scrabble Observations on a Patch of Land
From a Limestone Ledge Some Essays and Other Ruminations about Country Life in Texas
My Dogs and Guns Two Memoirs One Beloved Writer
2015 - My Dogs and Guns Two Memoirs One Beloved Writer (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781634502917
ISBN-10: 1634502914
Genre: Sports & Outdoors
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Fracking America's Alternative Energy Revolution
2012 - Fracking America's Alternative Energy Revolution (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780983573104
ISBN-10: 0983573107
Genre: Business & Money
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The History Of Cleveland In The North Riding Of The County Of York
2009 - The History of Cleveland in the North Riding of the County of York [1808] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781104309879
ISBN-10: 1104309874
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Inspiration Texas Style
2008 - Inspiration Texas Style (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780979890703
ISBN-10: 0979890705
Genre: Arts & Photography
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Revealing Character Robb Kendrick's Texas Tintypes
2005 - Revealing Character Robb Kendrick's Texas Tintypes (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781931721578
ISBN-10: 1931721572
Genres: Arts & Photography, History
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Myself and Strangers  A Memoir of Apprenticeship
2005 - Myself and Strangers a Memoir of Apprenticeship (Paperback)Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9780292709720
ISBN-10: 0292709722
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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Texas Hill Country
2003 - Texas Hill Country (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780292702189
ISBN-10: 0292702183
Genres: Arts & Photography, History
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Texas Rivers
2002 - Texas Rivers (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780292701984
ISBN-10: 0292701985
Genres: Arts & Photography, History, Travel, Science & Math
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Goodbye to a River  A Narrative
2002 - Goodbye to a River a Narrative [Vintage Departures] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9780375727788
ISBN-10: 0375727787
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors, Travel
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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John Graves and the Making of Goodbye to a River Select Letters 1957-1960
Of Birds and Texas
2001 - Of Birds and Texas (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780292728349
ISBN-10: 0292728344
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The Last Running
1999 - The Last Running (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781558219533
ISBN-10: 1558219536
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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A John Graves Reader
1996 - A John Graves Reader [Southwestern Writers Series] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780292727953
ISBN-10: 029272795X
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Hard Scrabble
1993 - Hard Scrabble (Audio Cassette)Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780736624732
ISBN-10: 0736624732
Genre: General
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The Last Running A Story
1990 - The Last Running a Story (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781558210615
ISBN-10: 155821061X
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Goodbye To A River
1987 - Goodbye to a River (Audio Cassette)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9780736611329
ISBN-10: 0736611320
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FROM A LIMESTONE LEDGE
1980 - From a Limestone Ledge (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780394512389
ISBN-10: 0394512383
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction
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Goodbye to a River A Narrative
1977 - Goodbye to a River a Narrative (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9780803258761
ISBN-10: 0803258763
Genres: History, Travel
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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