NY Daily News-The Associate Press: June 20 2015
Today, the world has said its goodbye to James Salter who has died at the age of 90 years.
The cause of Salters death has been associated to a collapse that took place while he was at a gym in Sag Harbor. According to his wife, Kay Eldredge, it became known to The Associated Press that his husband was in good health at the time of his death and that the cause of his death has not yet been known.
The prize winning author, well known for his urbane, coarse prose and temperate insights from some of his books Light Years, A Sport and a Pastime, and the Other Fiction, was associated with a state of mortality same time impermanence in the way he brood his writing. His unique style of writing made him capture his audience in a manner that left them connected to the context of his writing.
According to Jhumpa Lahiri, one of his writing peers, the works of Salter always left one feeling that he was one amongst those few writers whose English was unmatched. He almost made sure that his English was flawless employing the concept of less is more in his writing.
This unique style of writing managed the author, Salter, a PEN/Faulkner prize that earned him two lifetime achievement honors for short story writing, PEN/Malamud prize, as well as the Rea Award.
His style of writing made him incomparable and in the fields of style and economy, only a few matched his style.
According to many of those who have read some of his works, many agree that irrespective of the subject that was being addressed by the author, the aspect of transition was evident in each of his books. It is said that the author relied on the concept of change and highly questioned the reason why one could remain the same after several years of existence.
Born James Horowitz, his entire life changed the moment he pursued writing as a career. Despite the fact that he did enjoy reading in his early years, his passion to it took a different toll later in his life.
He served the US Army during the Korean War where out of his knowledge in flight operations, flew his country men in 100 missions then he later retired in the year 1957. His passion to write was realized while still in the military where his first work as an author was debuted while still serving his nation.
From that moment on, he who was once an army guy transitioned to an author where more time was dedicated by him to develop stories that were contents of his books to come.
Based on one of the interviews he had with AP, Salter, upon being asked why he was defined in his style of writing and what led to his successful career as an author, he said, every time you start zero. This he said to make the world know that everything that he did he had to start acting as though there were no levels of success in his life.