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Jim Harrison, R.I.P.: A Bibliography

Jim Harrison, novelist, poet, essayist, and man of prodigious appetites, died Saturday at his Arizona home. Strongly associated with his boyhood home of Michigan and also Montana, where he summered in later years—often compared to Hemingway, if more for his personality than his prose—he leaves behind a huge and highly respected body of work. In the New York Times, Margalit Fox gives an overview of his life (“Jim Harrison, Poet, Novelist and Essayist, Is Dead at 78“); you can also get it in the author’s own words in his memoir, Off to the Side (2002). Below is a list of his work, with many titles linked to Booklist reviews.


The Ancient Minstrel by Jim HarrisonThe Ancient Minstrel (2016)

The Big Seven (2015)

Brown Dog (2013)

The River Swimmer (2013)

The Great Leader (2011)

The Farmer’s Daughter (2009)

The English Major (2008)

Returning To Earth (2007)

The Summer He Didn’t Die (2005)

True North (2004)

The Beast God Forgot to Invent (2000)

The Road Home (1998)

Julip (1994)

The Woman Lit By Fireflies (1990)

Dalva (1988)

Sundog: The Story of an American Foreman, Robert Corvus Strang (1984)

Warlock (1981)

Legends of the Fall (1979)

Farmer (1976)

A Good Day to Die (1973)

Wolf: A False Memoir (1971)


Dead Man's Float by Jim HarrisonDead Man’s Float (2016)

Songs of Unreason (2011)

In Search of Small Gods (2009)

Saving Daylight (2006)

Livingston Suite (2005)

Braided Creek: A Conversation in Poetry (with Ted Kooser) (2003)

The Shape of the Journey (1998)

After Ikkyu and Other Poems (1996)

The Theory & Practice of Rivers and New Poems (1989)

The Theory & Practice of Rivers (1986)

Natural World: A Bestiary (1982)

Selected and New Poems, 1961–1981 (1981)

Returning to Earth (1977)

Letters to Yesenin (1973)

Outlyer and Ghazals (1971)

Locations (1968)

Walking (1967)

Plain Song (1965)


Off to the Side by Jim HarrisonOff to the Side (2002)

The Raw and the Cooked: Adventures of a Roving Gourmand (2001)

The Raw and the Cooked (1992)

Just Before Dark: Collected Nonfiction (1991)

Children’s Books

The Boy Who Ran to the Woods (2000)



About the Author:

Keir Graff is Executive Editor of Booklist Publications and the author of six books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Phantom Tower (2018). Follow him on Twitter at @Booklist_Keir.

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  1. Thomas Molitor says:

    You need to add Jim’s last book A Really Big Lunch in non-fiction.

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