At the Fights American Writers on Boxing

ISBN-10: 1598530925

ISBN-13: 9781598530926

Edition: 2011

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American writers have been fascinated by the ring, both the primal contest inside the ropes and the crazy carnival world outside them. From neighborhood gyms and smoke-filled arenas to star-studded casinos and exotic locales, they have chronicled unforgettable stories about determination and dissipation, about great champions and punch-drunk has-beens, about colorful entourages and outrageous promoters, and, inevitably along the way, about race, class, and violence in America. Like baseball, boxing has a vivid culture and language all its own, one that has proven irresistible to career journalists and literary writers alike. The Library of America presents a gritty and glittering anthology of a century of the very best writing and reportage about the fights. Here are Jack London on the immortal Jack Johnson; H. L. Mencken and Irvin S. Cobb on Jack Dempsey vs. Georges Carpentier, dubbed "The Fight of the Century"; Richard Wright on Joe Louis's historic victory over Max Schmeling; A. J. Liebling's brilliantly comic portrait of a manager who really identifies with his fighter; Jimmy Cannon on the inimitable Archie Moore; James Baldwin and Gay Talese on the haunted Floyd Patterson; George Plimpton on Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X; Norman Mailer on the "Rumble in the Jungle"; Mark Kram on the "Thrilla in Manila"; Pete Hamill on legendary trainer and manager Cus D'Amato; Mark Kriegel on Oscar de la Hoya; and David Remnick and Joyce Carol Oates on Mike Tyson. National Book Award-winning novelist Colum McCann ( Let the Great World Spin) weighs in with a foreword.
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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Library of America, The
Publication date: 3/3/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 560
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.848
Language: English

Irish writer Colum McCann was born near Dublin in 1965 and graduated from the University of Texas with a B.A. degree. He has worked as a newspaper journalist in Ireland and written several short stories and bestselling novels. The short film of Everything in this Country Must was nominated for an Academy Award in 2005. McCann's work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, GQ, The Irish Times, La Repubblica, Die Zeit, Paris Match, the Guardian, and the Independent. He has won numerous awards, such as a Pushcart Prize, the Rooney Prize, the Irish Novel of the Year Award, and the 2002 Ireland Fund of Monaco Princess Grace Memorial Literary Award. In 2009 McCann was inducted into the Irish arts association Aosdana. He teaches in the Master of Fine Arts Creative Writing program at New York's Hunter College.

Foreword
Disarming Candor, an Introduction by George Kimball
The Fist and the Pen, an Introduction by John Schulian
Johnson vs. Jeffries
Cobb Fights It Over Again
Dempsey vs. Carpentier
The Orthodox Champion
My Fights with Jack Dempsey
Brown Bomber
Pity the Poor Giant
Louis Knocks Out Schmeling
High Tide in Harlem: Joe Louis as a Symbol of Freedom
Brownsville Bum
Night for Joe Louis
Down Great Purple Valleys
As It Was in the Long Ago
Kearns by a Knockout
Ahab and Nemesis
Archie
The Fight: Patterson vs. Liston
Floyd Patterson
From James Norris and the Decline of Boxing
The Champ and the Chump
Miami Notebook: Cassius Clay and Malcolm X
Beethoven to Boxing
Amen to Sonny
Muhammad Ali Then and Now
From the Fight
Pride of the Tiger
"Lawdy, Lawdy, He's Great"
John Schulian: Nowhere to Run
Roberto Duran's New York State of Mind
Sweeter than Sugar
The Fight (The King Is Dead)
From Moving Pictures
Then All the Joy Turned to Sorrow
Eight Minutes of Fury
Up the Stairs with Cus D'Amato
From paper Trails
From The Black Lights
Never say Never: Ray Mancini's Last Fight
Leonard-Hagler: The Fight and its Aftermath
Ringworld
Still Hungry After All These Years
Donfire of the Vanities
Rape and the Boxing Ring
My Friend, My Teacher
William Nack
The Great (Almost) White Hope
Kid Dynamite Blows Up: Mike Tyson
The Knockout: Lucia Rijker
From Compass Points: How I Lived
Champion at Twilight
Sources and Acknowledgments
Index
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