The Sportswriter

Author: Richard Ford

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408835118

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

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Frank Bascombe has a younger girlfriend and a job as a sportswriter. To many men of his age, thirty-eight, this would be a cause for optimism, yet Frank feels the pull of his inner despair and especially of his recent losses - his preferred career has ended, his wife has divorced him, and a tragic accident took his elder son. In the course of this Easter weekend, Frank will lose all the remnants of his familiar life, though he will emerge heroic with spirits soaring. This is a magnificent novel that propelled Richard Ford into the first rank of American writers.
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The Sportswriter

Bascombe Trilogy (1)

Author: Richard Ford

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307763706

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 709

As a sportswriter, Frank Bascombe makes his living studying people--men, mostly--who live entirely within themselves. This is a condition that Frank himself aspires to. But at thirty-eight, he suffers from incurable dreaminess, occasional pounding of the heart, and the not-too-distant losses of a career, a son, and a marriage. In the course of the Easter week in which Ford's moving novel transpires, Bascombe will end up losing the remnants of his familiar life, though with his spirits soaring. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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The Sportswriter

Author: Richard Ford

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing UK

ISBN: 9780747585176

Category: Divorced men

Page: 367

View: 1734

'My name is Frank Bascombe. I am a sportswriter' - one of the most famous lines in American literature opens this classic, inimitable tour de force
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Independence Day

Author: Richard Ford

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408835088

Category: Fiction

Page: 464

View: 9138

Frank Bascombe, in the aftermath of his divorce and the ruin of his career, has entered an 'Existence Period' - selling real estate in New Jersey and mastering the high-wire act of normalcy. But over one Fourth of July weekend, Frank is called into sudden, bewildering engagement with life. Independence Day is a moving, peerlessly funny odyssey through America and through the layered consciousness of one of its most compelling literary incarnations, conducted by a novelist of extraordinary empathy and perception.
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Grantland Rice and His Heroes

The Sportswriter as Mythmaker in the 1920s

Author: Mark Inabinett

Publisher: Univ. of Tennessee Press

ISBN: 9780870498497

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 130

View: 9529

With no way for fans to verify their facts, the sportswriters of the 1920s enjoyed a near monopoly on sports news. Journalist Mark Inabinett explores the incomparable Grantland Rice's role in creating the legends that surrounded six sports stars--Jack Dempsey, Babe Ruth, Bobby Jones, Bill Tilden, Red Grange, and Knute Rockne. Photographs.
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Sportswriter

The Life and Times of Grantland Rice

Author: Charles Fountain

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780735103474

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 350

View: 3633

Offers a look at the career of the sportswriter from his start in Nashville to his syndication in one hundred newspapers, and examines his personal relationship with such athletes at Babe Ruth, Jack Dempsey, and Bobby Jones
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Over Time

My Life As a Sportswriter

Author: Frank Deford

Publisher: Grove Press

ISBN: 9780802146069

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 354

View: 1828

A history of American sportswriting by the Emmy Award-winning Sports Illustrated writer traces the lurid early days of the Police Gazette through the current state of ESPN, providing coverage of such personal topics as his stint with the National Sports Daily, his visit to apartheid South Africa with Arthur Ashe and his recent 1,500th commentary on NPR's Morning Edition.
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The Lay of the Land

Author: Richard Ford

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 140883510X

Category: Fiction

Page: 736

View: 2552

It is fall, 2000 and Frank Bascombe has arrived at a state of optimistic pragmatism that he calls the Permanent Period of life. Epic mistakes have already been made, dreams downsized, and Frank reflects that now at least there are fewer opportunities left in life to get things wrong. But the tranquillity he anticipated is not to be. In fact, as Thanksgiving dinner with his children and first wife nears, the Permanent Period proves as full of possibility as life had ever been. In his third Frank Bascombe novel Richard Ford contemplates the human character with wry precision. Graceful, expansive, filled with pathos but irresistibly funny, The Lay of the Land is a modern American masterpiece.
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An Accidental Sportswriter

A Memoir

Author: Robert Lipsyte

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062079263

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

View: 9586

Celebrated sports journalist Robert Lipsyte—the New York Times’ longtime lead sports columnist—mines pure gold from his long and very eventful career to bring readers a memoir like no other. An enthralling book, as much about personal relationships and the culture of sports as the athletes and teams themselves, An Accidental Sportswriter interweaves stories from Lipsyte’s life and the events he covered to explore the connections between the games we play and the lives we lead. Robert Lipsyte has been there—from the Mets’ first Spring Training to the fight that made Muhammad Ali an international icon to the current steroids scandals that rewired our view of sports—and in An Accidental Sportswriter he offers a fresh and refreshing view of the world of professional athletes as seen through the eyes of a journalist who always managed to remain independent of our jock-obsessed culture.
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The Bascombe Novels

The Sportswriter, Independence Day, The Lay of the Land

Author: Richard Ford

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408838397

Category: Fiction

Page: 1336

View: 5696

This trilogy of brilliant novels - The Sportswriter, Independence Day, and The Lay of the Land - that charts the life and times of one of the most beloved and enduring characters in modern fiction. When we meet Frank Bascombe in The Sportswriter, his unguarded voice instantly wins us over and pulls us into a life that has been irrevocably changed by the loss of a marriage, a career, a child. We then follow Frank, ever brilliantly and hilariously observant, through Independence Day and The Lay of the Land, witnessing his fortune's rise and his family's fragmentation and reintegration. With finely honed prose and an eye that captures the most subtle nuances of the human condition in all its pathos, humour, beauty and strangeness, Richard Ford transforms Frank Bascombe's life into a riveting moving parable of life in America today.
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Blood Horses

Author: John Jeremiah Sullivan

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448114365

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

View: 2644

One evening late in his life, veteran sportswriter Mike Sullivan was asked by his son what he remembered best from his three decades in the press box. The answer came as a surprise. 'I was at Secretariat's Derby, in '73. That was ... just beauty, you know?' John Jeremiah Sullivan didn't know, not really, but he spent two years finding out, journeying from prehistoric caves to the Kentucky Derby. The result is Blood Horses, a wise, humorous and often beautiful memoir exploring the relationship between man and horse and the relationship between a sportswriter’s son and his late father.
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31 Letters and 13 Dreams: Poems

Author: Richard Hugo

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393044904

Category: Poetry

Page: 71

View: 1839

Each letter is written from a specific place that Hugo has made his own (a "triggering town," as he has called it elsewhere) to a friend, a fellow poet, an old love. We read over the poet's shoulder as the town triggers the imagination, the friendship is re-opened, the poet's selfhood is explored and illuminated. The "dreams" turn up unexpectedly (as dreams do) among the letters; their haunting images give further depth to the poet's exploration. Are we overhearing them? Who is the "you" that dreams?
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Miss Mary Reporting

The True Story of Sportswriter Mary Garber

Author: Sue Macy

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1481401203

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 40

View: 7852

Examines the career of Mary Garber, who "was a sportswriter for fifty-six years and was the first woman to receive the Associated Press Sports Editors Red Smith Award, presented for major contributions in sports journalism. And now, every year the Association of Women in Sports Media presents the Mary Garber Pioneer Award in her honor to a role model for women in sports media"--Amazon.com.
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A Piece of My Heart

Author: Richard Ford

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 140883507X

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

View: 3458

Robard Hewes has driven across the country in search of a woman named Buena who, twelve years ago, infused him with a feeling that has now turned into obsession. Sam Newel has travelled from Chicago seeking the missing piece of himself. They both find themselves on an uncharted hunting island in the Mississippi owned by an old man named Lamb. When these men converge on this strange land, each discovers the thing he's looking for yet triggers a conflagration of inevitable violence in this tense and brutal yet moving tale.
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Beyond the Game

The Collected Sportswriting of Gary Smith

Author: Gary Smith

Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic

ISBN: 0802191762

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 304

View: 916

Sport comes to us in boxes the perimeter of our TV screen or the boundary lines of fields and courts. As much as I enjoy what goes on inside those boxes, I’ve always had the urge to bust out of them. I’ve always had the feeling that the most compelling and significant story was the one occurring beyond the game before it, after it, above it, or under it, deep in the furnace of the psyche. . . .”?From the Preface Gary Smith’s sportswriting stands among the best journalism being written today. His award-winning stories shatter the confines of traditional sports reportage, getting beneath the wins and losses and penetrating into the hearts of the athletes themselves into their lives and personal struggles, their communities and their worlds. Beyond the Game brings together fifteen of Smith’s greatest stories, from groundbreaking profiles of international stars like Mike Tyson and Magic Johnson, to intimate looks at lesser-known athletes whose lives are driven by the thrill of competition and the love of a game. There is Damned Yankee,” the heartbreaking story of John Malangone, who seemed destined to succeed Yogi Berra as the Yankees’ starting catcher until his career was destroyed by the crushing weight of a childhood trauma that continued to haunt him. Someone to Lean On” is the inspirational story of an extraordinary retarded man named Radio and the South Carolina high school football team that has adopted him for over thirty years. Shadow of a Nation” tells of a Crow Indian community’s intense passion for basketball and how former high school star Jonathan Takes Enemy must struggle to escape the tragic history of his tribe as he seeks a place in the world outside the reservation. The stories in Beyond the Game are stories of dreams and fears, failure and triumph, self-destruction and salvation, set in the twilight shadows between the sun-drenched playing fields and brightly lit arenas at the heart of sports and the darkness of the locker rooms and lonely streets that lurk at their periphery. Each of Gary Smith’s moving stories will profoundly touch you and remain with you, long after you have closed the pages of this book.
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Let Me Be Frank With You

Author: Richard Ford

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 1443437379

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

View: 338

A quartet of masterful novellas that returns Richard Ford to the territory that sealed his reputation as an American master: the life of Frank Bascombe, hero of his Pulitzer Prize–winning novel Independence Day. Richard Ford introduced the world to his protean literary everyman, Frank Bascombe, aspiring novelist turned sportswriter turned real estate agent, in his 1986 masterpiece The Sportswriter. A lapidary account of the textures, sorrows and pleasures of one man’s ordinary life, it laid the groundwork for the Pulitzer Prize–winning Independence Day, published in 1996, followed by the last novel in the Bascombe trilogy, The Lay of the Land, published in 2006. Over a period of twenty years, the Bascombe novels deepened a portrait of one of the most unforgettable characters in American fiction, and in so doing gave readers an indelible portrait of America. Now in Let Me Be Frank With You, Ford returns to the territory that established him as an Updike for the contemporary era, in a quartet of novella-length Bascombe stories, set in in the aftermath and amid the calamitous circumstances of Hurricane Sandy. Of revisiting Bascombe, Ford says, “What draws me to writing Frank Bascombe is what’s always drawn me: he’s funny (and it’s thrilling to write things that are funny), but also he offers me the chance to write into the breach between what Henry James calls ‘bliss and bale’; in my own way, to connect ‘the things that help and the things that hurt’ and to find some kind of reconciling vocabulary for both. I always think that, when I’m writing Frank Bascombe, I have the chance to write about the most important things I know, and that’s always been irresistible.” A moving, peerlessly funny odyssey through America and through the layered consciousness of one of its most compelling literary incarnations, the four stories in Let Me Be Frank With You bear Bascombe’s unmistakable and now-famous imprint: a comic sensibility at odds with the minutiae of everyday human dismay and bewilderment; a plain-spoken acuity penetrating and expressing the shared wonder of modern existence; and a mordant relish and caution for all things American.
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Choices.Memoirs of a Sportswriter

Author: Bill Tangen

Publisher: Infinity Publishing

ISBN: 0741424339

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 472

View: 2985

Bill fought back to conquer his demons and is living proof that the will to live, can overcome the toughest of obstacles.
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Bloody Confused!

A Clueless American Sportswriter Seeks Solace in English Soccer

Author: Chuck Culpepper

Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.

ISBN: 0767928083

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 250

View: 9698

A jaded American sportswriter describes his move to Britain and his immersion in the confusing world of English soccer, focusing on the Portsmouth team throughout their 2006-2007 season and their enthusiastic, fanatical followers. Original. 17,500 first printing.
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A Sportswriter's Life

From the Desk of a New York Times Reporter

Author: Gerald Eskenazi

Publisher: University of Missouri Press

ISBN: 9780826262608

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 207

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In 1959, Gerald Eskenazi dropped out of City College, not for the first time, and made his way to the New York Times. That day the paper had two openings--one in news and one in sports. Eskenazi was offered either for thirty-eight dollars a week. He chose sports based on his image of the sports department as a cozier place than the news department. Forty-one years and more than eighty-four hundred stories later, New Yorkers know he made the right decision. When Eskenazi started reporting, sports journalism had a different look than it does today. There was a camaraderie between the reporters and the players due in part to the reporters' deference to these famous figures. Unlike today, journalists stayed out of the locker rooms, and didn't ask questions about the players' home lives or their feelings about matters other than the sports that they played. In A Sportswriter's Life, Eskenazi details how much sports and America have changed since then. His anecdotes regarding famous and infamous sports figures from baseball great Joe DiMaggio to boxer Mike Tyson illustrate the transformation that American culture and journalism have undergone in the past fifty years.Eskenazi gives a behind-the-scenes look into the journalistic techniques that go into crafting a story, as well as the pitfalls reporters fall into. There are cautionary tales of journalistic excess, as well as moments of triumph such as the time Eskenazi got Joe Namath to open up to him by admitting he was a sportswriter who knew nothing about football. Along the way, Eskenazi discusses interviewing other reluctant subjects and writing under the intense pressure of a deadline.A Sportswriter's Life is a revealing look at the people and events that were part of the history of sports from a perspective usually unavailable to the public. Eskenazi's inside stories of sports are not always flattering, but they are always amusing, touching, and revealing. This entertaining volume will be enjoyed by anyone with an interest in reporting, sports, or just a good story.
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