A Mouthful of Dust
A Portrait of a Writer in Search of His Own Red Badge of Courage
By Douglas Savage
(Nortia Press, Paperback, 9780984225286, 224pp.)
Publication Date: June 2012
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A fictional portrait of famed writer Stephen Cranea young correspondent grappling with death during the Spanish-American War.
A Mouthful of Dust is Douglas Savage’s seventh novel, perhaps his most experimental and ambitious. His novel The Court Martial of Robert E. Lee was acclaimed for its intimate portrait of Robert E. Lee and the general’s family following the blood bath at Gettysburg. It was a main selection of the History Book Club and an alternate main selection of the Book of the Month Club. Savage is a graduate of Ohio’s College of Wooster and the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University. His nonfiction publications include seven books on the American Civil War.
"A Mouthful of Dust is an enticing read that explores the soul of a soldier, and of a writer. Highly recommended." Midwest Book Review
"Douglas Savage’s writing is so compelling that Stephen Crane himself could have written A Mouthful of Dust.” David Halliburton, PhD, author of The Color of the Sky: A Study of Stephen Crane
"Powerful and haunting. A tour de force."Perry Lentz, professor emeritus of English, Kenyon College
"I loved the surprise ending and I think Crane would have, too."Linda H. Davis, author of Badge of Courage: The Life of Stephen Crane