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Always Stand In Against The Curve

Morris, Willie

ISBN 10: 0916242250 / ISBN 13: 9780916242251
Published by Yoknapatawpha Press, 1983
Used Condition: Very Good- Hardcover
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Edgewear and rubbing to price-clipped dustjacket. ; 8vo; 116 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 24046

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Title: Always Stand In Against The Curve

Publisher: Yoknapatawpha Press

Publication Date: 1983

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good-

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good-

Edition: First Edition

About this title


Willie Morris's collection of sports stories, Always Stand In Against The Curve, is a book for those of us lucky enough to have shot baskets under a driveway or shagged fly balls in open fields until it was too dark to see the hoop or the ball against the sky. In Morris's soulful point of view, sports is about growing up in America, radio broadcasts of the Brooklyn Dodgers in a Mississippi country store, girls with double names, practical jokes, small town coaches, the hold the past has on us, about running effortlessly in the sun. The novella, "The Fumble," is a sports classic about high school football in the Deep South. Set in the 1950s it describes a confrontation of mythic proportions between a small town football team from the "Delta" and the omnipotent Central High Tigers of Jackson, Mississippi. Each of the six autobiographical essays in this book form chapters of a Great American boyhood, beginning with Morris's farewells to high school and to American legion baseball, a road trip to Notre Dame with "Bevo," the University of Texas longhorn steer mascot, Rhodes scholars playing basketball in England, a writers-and-artists softball game in East Hampton, New York, in which the author admits he is too old to run the bases, and finally a journey back to Austin, Texas, in search of the past. To Willie Morris, sports are a gentle center in the eye of the storm, a clean world of instinct and action where one can work out the bruises of living, where the rituals of youth teach valuable lessons about winning and losing, about heroes and disillusionment, about finding a way to face the world.

About the Author:

Willie Morris was editor-in-chief of Harper's magazine from 1967 to 1971. He grew up in Yazoo City, Mississippi, attended the University of Texas and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. His books include Always Stand In Against the Curve, North Toward Home, Good Old Boy: A Delta Boyhood, Terrains of the Heart, The Courting of Marcus Dupree, Taps, James Jones: A Friendship, and New York Days.

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