Other literary forms
Although Jim Harrison began his career as a poet, it was the publication of his fourth fiction title, Legends of the Fall (1979), that brought him national recognition. The book, which consisted of three novellas, two of which had previously appeared in Esquire, proved so successful that Dell Publishing Company reissued his previously published novels in paperback editions. The book became the basis of two films, Revenge (1990) and Legends of the Fall (1994). Harrison has published numerous other volumes of fiction, some of which also are three-novella collections. His Farmer (1976) became the basis for the film Carried Away (1996), and Dalva (1988) became a 1996 television movie. Harrison also wrote screenplays, including Cold Feet (1988, with Thomas McGuane) and Wolf (1994). The Boy Who Ran to the Woods (2000) is his first book for children. Harrison’s novels and novellas, like his poetry, are often marked by a lyrical imagination, intelligence, and passion for living.
Harrison has also published numerous essays dealing with sports, cooking, wine, fishing, farming, and hunting; these articles complement the tone and thrust of his other writing and offer further evidence of his commitment to the natural environment and the code of ethics necessary for its maintenance. Just Before Dark (1991) is a collection of his nonfiction prose pieces. In 2002, he published Off to the Side: A Memoir.