Guy de la Valdene was born and raised in France His previous books include The Fragrance of Grass, For a Handful of Feathers, Making Game and a novel, Red Stag. His numerous articles have appeared in Sports Afield, Field & Stream and Gray’s Sporting Journal. In addition, La Valdene is the director and producer of the highly acclaimed documentary Tarpon. Filmed in Key West in 1973 and featuring Richard Brautigan, Tom McGuane, and Jim Harrison, the film was recently restored and re-released. La Valdene lives on an 800-acre farm near Tallahassee, Florida.
"The Fragrance of Grass is an exquisite, big-hearted celebration of a life grandly spent outdoors. Any novelist who'd try to invent a character like Guy de la Valdene would be doomed to fall short. He is a unique philosopher-scoundrel with a wise, gentle heart, and he writes like a dream." --Carl Hiaasen
"Guy de la Valdene's portraiture of French farmers, landowners, and sportsmen is flawless, his appreciation of dogs profound. He writes with a lyric toughness that gives his work the tonal richness of literature. The Fragrance of Grass feels as though it was descanted rather than written, one eloquent sentence flowing into another. His view of hunting is, at its deepest level, a joyous, melancholy meditation on life and death." --Christopher Camuto, Gray's Sporting Journal