Silent Season of a Hero The Sports Writing of Gay Talese

ISBN-10: 0802777538

ISBN-13: 9780802777539

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Description: One of America's most acclaimed writers and journalists, Gay Talese has been fascinated by sports throughout his life. At age fifteen he became a sports reporter for his Ocean City High School newspaper; four years later, as sports editor of the University of Alabama'sCrimson-White, he began to employ devices more common in fiction, such as establishing a "scene" with minute details--a technique that would later make him famous.Later, as a sports reporter for theNew York Times, Talese was drawn to individuals at poignant and vulnerable moments rather than to the spectacle of sports. Boxing held special appeal, and hisEsquirepieces on Joe Louis and Floyd Patterson in decline won praise, as would his later essay"Ali in Havana,"chronicling Muhammad Ali's visit to Fidel Castro. His profile of Joe DiMaggio,"The Silent Season of a Hero,"perfectly captured the great player in his remote retirement, and displayed Talese's journalistic brilliance, for it grew out of his on-the-ground observation of the Yankee Clipper rather than from any interview. More recently, Talese traveled to China to track down and chronicle the female soccer player who missed a penalty kick that would have won China the World Cup.Chronicling Talese's writing over more than six decades, from high school and college columns to his signature adult journalism-- and including several never-before-published pieces (such as one on sports anthropology), a new introduction by the author, and notes on the background of each piece--The Silent Season of a Herois a unique and indispensable collection for sports fans and those who enjoy the heights of journalism.

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List price: $16.00
Publisher: Walker & Company
Publication date: 10/4/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Gay Talese joined the staff of The New York Times in 1955, and remained there for a decade. During the 1960s and 1970s he contributed many articles to magazines, principally Esquire. He is the author of seven previous books, and has been at work on UNTO THE SONS since the spring of 1981, when he travelled to Italy to begin his research. He was born in Ocean City, New Jersey, in 1932, and now lives in New York City and Ocean City with his wife and their daughters.

Introduction
Sports Gay-zing
Short Shots in Sundry Sections
Talking Basketball with Angelo Musi
The Locker Room
An Afternoon on the Football Field
The .200 Hitter
The Loneliest Guy in Boxing
N.Y.U. Wins Despite 2-Way Freeze
Judy Is Many Things, Mostly Frank
It's a Wonderful Whirl to Gerry
Portrait of a Young Prize Fighter
Garden Horseshoer Works Fast
Last of Bare-Knuckle Fighters Still Spry at 93
Troupe of Midget Wrestlers Won't Work for Small Change
Barbell King: Muscle Over Mind
Dentist Puts the Bite in the Fight
Timekeeper as Quiet as a Clock
Diamonds Are a Boy's Best Friend
On the Road, Going Nowhere, With the Yankees
Notes from the Trip
The Story Behind the Signal To Brush Back Cliff Johnson
Race, Reporters and Responsibility
The Fighter's Son
The Loser
Portrait of the Ascetic Champ
Patterson, Indifferent at first, Finally Turns on Barking Dog
Liston Aides Extol His Gaiety, Benevolence and Ruggedness
Patterson Has 4 Friends, Too, But He'll Have to Fight Alone
Champion Talks About Sleep and Rain and Watches His Entourage Close Camp
Floyd Caught by 'a Good Punch'
Masked Ex-Champion
The Loser
Stories With Real Names
The Caddie-A Non-Alger Story
Suspicious Man In the Champ's Corner
Dr. Birdwhistell and the Athletes
Joe Louis: The King as a Middle-Aged Man
Silent Season of a Hero
Architect of the Fairways
Eric and Beth Heiden: A Bond of Blood on Skates
The Kick She Missed
The Greatest
Ali in Havana
Overtime
Swan Song for Gay Talese
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