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ON BOXING.

Oates, Joyce Carol.

ISBN 10: 0385238908 / ISBN 13: 9780385238908
Published by DOLPHIN/DOUBLEDAY., NY, 1987
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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SIGNED by Joyce Carol Oates on the title page. Fine in a fine dj.; Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 305565

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Title: ON BOXING.

Publisher: DOLPHIN/DOUBLEDAY., NY

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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Examines the history, lore, and allure of boxing, including its overall mystique as it is seen in literature and film, its relationship to women, and the question of whether it should be banned

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Yes, the same Joyce Carol Oates who packs one of the most lethal punches in American literature also happens to be an astute observer of the sweet science. Oates filters her knockout collection of essays through multifaceted prisms of art, history, sexuality, and politics to directly confront and explore boxing's physical and commercial brutality, but also the sense of human struggle and survival that's at boxing's purest core. "In the boxing ring," she writes, "man is in extremis, performing an atavistic rite ... for the mysterious solace of those who can participate only vicariously in such drama: the drama of life in the flesh. Boxing has become America's tragic theater." And from her ringside perspective, Oates, a true heavyweight of letters, analyzes the performances just brilliantly.

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