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The Warsaw Sparks (Singular Lives)

Gildner, Gary

ISBN 10: 0877452709 / ISBN 13: 9780877452706
Published by Univ of Iowa Pr, 1990
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0877452709 Baseball in Poland, as coached by American poet, and Fulbright scholar, Gary Gildner. Bookseller Inventory # 020995ESE50G96

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Title: The Warsaw Sparks (Singular Lives)

Publisher: Univ of Iowa Pr

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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In 1987 noted poet and author Gary Gildner went to Poland on a Fulbright scholarship to teach at the University of Warsaw. One January day, a Warsaw sportswriter came knocking on Gildner’s classroom door with a problem and a request. The professional baseball team he had organized the year before could not win; would the professor—who he had heard was a baseball player—come help?
Told with gripping lyric simplicity, The Warsaw Sparks is about an American’s experience coaching a baseball team in Poland and about hope and memory and the education of a poet. Prepare to meet an unlikely cast of characters, including Stan Musial, Lech Walesa, Dariusz the Organizer, and such Sparks as Froggy, Pizza Hut, the Cubans, and little Jerzy Bin the catcher: “Call me George, Coach. Like George Herman Babe Ruth.”

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Gary Gildner is an award-winning poet and novelist whose works include My Grandfather's Book, Blue Like the Heavens, and The Bunker in the Parsley Fields, which won the Iowa Poetry Prize. He has also received the National Magazine Award for Fiction, Pushcart Prizes in fiction and nonfiction, the Robert Frost Fellowship, the William Carlos Williams and Theodore Roethke poetry prizes, and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.  Albert E. Stone is the author of several books, including Literary Aftershocks: American Writers, Readers, and the Bomb.

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