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Golf's Best Short Stories

Updike, John; Marquis, Don

ISBN 10: 1556523211 / ISBN 13: 9781556523212
Published by Chicago Review Press, 1997
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1556523211 Also with Lardner, Gallico, Marquis, Leacock, etc. Bookseller Inventory # 010006

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Title: Golf's Best Short Stories

Publisher: Chicago Review Press

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition

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Every decade of the 20th century and many great writers including P. G. Wodehouse, Paul Gallico, Don Marquis, and John Updike are represented in these great tales of golf. British duffers, amateur sleuths, pros, hustlers, plodders, cheaters, starry-eyed lovers, and crass finaglers are the focus of these stories, which range from comedy to tragedy, mystery, action, introspection, and romance. Each reveals a true love of the game and a wry understanding of golf’s frustrations, perplexities, embarrassments, and moments of pure delight.

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Is there a serious student of literature--or golf--who wouldn't give a stroke or two a side to be part of a Nassau that included, say, Don Marquis, Paul Gallico, P. G. Wodehouse, Ethan Canin, Ring Lardner, Stephen Leacock, Bernard Darwin, or John Updike? "People who care about golf," writes Paul Staudohar in his introduction to this marvelous and sometimes whimsical collection that packs all the above into its bag, "are typically well-educated men and women who appreciate things of quality in life, including good literature." The literature in Golf's Best Short Stories is indeed good: it contains 24 stories, dating from just before the turn of last century to just before the turn of this one, that explore some aspect of the mesmerizing hold golf has on its adherents. Updike's "Farrell's Caddie," perhaps the most anthologized of all golf stories, is the ace here, but there's not a bogey in the bunch. What serious golfer--or reader--could ask for more?

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