The Twentieth Century Treasury of Sports

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The Twentieth Century Treasury of Sports

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An anthology of more than seventy-five pieces about the great American pastime features the writing of James Baldwin, Russell Baker, T. Coraghessan Boyle, Roald Dahl, Ralph Ellison, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ring Lardner, and others. BOMC.

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Early in his career (he was CEO at the BOMC and is currently a senior editor at Viking), Al Silverman spent a dozen years at Sport magazine, where he nurtured a lot of very good writers. This anthology, which he co-edited with his son Brian, a journalist, demonstrates what an astute judge of literary skill Silverman is. Most of the names and some of the selections (such as Shirley Jackson's charming, oft-anthologized Little League saga "braves 10, giants 0") are familiar, but everything in this big volume is here on merit. As the introduction states, "Sports as a barometer of life harbors all of life's symptoms." Hence, an early short story by John Huston, "Fool," offers a grimly humorous view of honor and betrayal; an excerpt from Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man shows racism at its most nakedly brutal; and many selections speak of the personal integrity possessed by the best athletes. Among the book's great strengths are its intelligent mix of fiction, nonfiction and even poetry, its inclusion of material from writers as unlikely as W. B. Yeats ("At Galway Races"), George Orwell ("The Sporting Spirit") and Primo Levi ("Decathlon Man"). Still, the best writing in the book usually comes from the practiced hands of outstanding sports journalists like Red Smith, Robert Lipsyte and the unjustly neglected W. C. Heinz. This anthology lives up to its title: it is full of treasures.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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The Silvermans have compiled an anthology of sports literature by 80 renowned authors, journalists, and athletes. This cornucopia of fiction and nonfiction from the world of sports offers such diversity as the thrills of surfing in "The Waves of Waikiki" by Jack London to Senator Bill Bradley's thought-provoking notes of a retired athlete, "After the Applause." Among the essays examining the "intimate relationship between sports and life" are literary works by James Baldwin, William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Stephen King, Ring Lardner, Norman Mailer, George Orwell, and Red Smith. From Babe Ruth's first day as a pro baseball player to Mike Tyson's trial, this treasury contains enough prose and poetry to keep Walter Mitty ecstatic. This fascinating collection, which examines sports as a microcosm of society, will be a plus for any collection.
- Albert Spencer, Coll. of Education, Univ. of Nevada-Las Vegas
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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