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Golf Dreams Writings on Golf

ISBN-10: 0449912698

ISBN-13: 9780449912690

Edition: Large Type 

Authors: John Updike, Paul Szep

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"BUBBLY AND QUIZZICAL AND LUMINOUS." --Los Angeles Times "JOYFUL . . . THE JACK NICKLAUS OF GOLF WRITING . . . The 30 entries in this collection, drawn mainly from magazine pieces, constitute a championship round. . . . This unbridled appreciation of golf's mystical opportunities for grace and redemption will enthrall even those who have never followed an 80-yard worm-burner with an elegant chip to the pin." --People "VINTAGE UPDIKE AND A RARE TREAT FOR GOLFERS." --San Francisco Chronicle "A BOOK WRITTEN UNDER A CLEAR BLUE SKY WITH AN UTTERLY PURE SWING . . . [ending] with a handful of essays on the metaphysics of golf and great golf gurus, both writers and caddies. Here, Updike waltzes about the heavens of Nabokov, in pure esthetic bliss. And here his transcendental agonies and anxieties fuse into split-second moments of impact that lift us from sand pit to rhapsody." --The Philadelphia Inquirer
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/8/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638

American novelist, poet, and critic John Updike was born in Reading, Pennsylvania on March 18, 1932. He received an A.B. degree from Harvard University, which he attended on a scholarship, in 1954. After graduation, he accepted a one-year fellowship to study painting at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art in Oxford, England. After returning from England in 1955, he worked for two years on the staff of The New Yorker. This marked the beginning of a long relationship with the magazine, during which he has contributed numerous short stories, poems, and book reviews. Although Updike's first published book was a collection of verse, The Carpentered Hen and Other Tame Creatures (1958), his renown as a writer is based on his fiction, beginning with The Poorhouse Fair (1959). During his lifetime, he wrote more than 50 books and primarily focused on middle-class America and their major concerns---marriage, divorce, religion, materialism, and sex. Among his best-known works are the Rabbit tetrology---Rabbit, Run (1960), Rabbit Redux (1971), Rabbit Is Rich (1981), and Rabbit at Rest (1988). Rabbit, Run introduces Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom as a 26-year-old salesman of dime-store gadgets trapped in an unhappy marriage in a dismal Pennsylvania town, looking back wistfully on his days as a high school basketball star. Rabbit Redux takes up the story 10 years later, and Rabbit's relationship with representative figures of the 1960s enables Updike to provide social commentary in a story marked by mellow wisdom and compassion in spite of some shocking jolts. In Rabbit Is Rich, Harry is comfortably middle-aged and complacent, and much of the book seems to satirize the country-club set and the swinging sexual/social life of Rabbit and his friends. Finally, in Rabbit at Rest, Harry arrives at the age where he must confront his mortality. Updike won the Pulitzer Prize for both Rabbit Is Rich and Rabbit at Rest. Updike's other novels range widely in subject and locale, from The Poorhouse Fair, about a home for the aged that seems to be a microcosm for society as a whole, through The Court (1978), about a revolution in Africa, to The Witches of Eastwick (1984), in which Updike tries to write from inside the sensibilities of three witches in contemporary New England. The Centaur (1963) is a subtle, complicated allegorical novel that won Updike the National Book Award in 1964. In addition to his novels, Updike also has written short stories, poems, critical essays, and reviews. Self-Consciousness (1989) is a memoir of his early life, his thoughts on issues such as the Vietnam War, and his attitude toward religion. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1977. He died of lung cancer on January 27, 2009 at the age of 76.

Preface
Golf Dreams (1979)
Drinking from a Cup Made Cinchy (1959)
Tips on a Trip (1973)
The Pro (1966)
Swing Thoughts (1984)
Those Three- or Four-Footers (1994)
The Gimme Game (1995)
The Trouble with a Caddie (1993)
Moral Exercise (1993)
Intercession (1958)
Three Rounds with Rabbit Angstrom (1959, 1989)
A Good Round with Tom Marshfield (1974)
The Golf-Course Proprietor (1979)
Golf as a Game of the People (1986)
The Big Bad Boom (1990)
The Camaraderie of Golf - I (1986)
The Camaraderie of Golf - II (1987)
Farrell's Caddie (1991)
Upon Winning One's Flight in the Senior Four-Ball (1994)
Golfers (1975)
The Bliss of Golf (1982)
Is There Life After Golf? (1972)
Golf in Writing (1986)
U.S. Golf (1994)
Television Golf (1988)
Memoirs of a Marshal (1990)
Women's Work (1984)
Is Life Too Short for Golf? (1991)
The Yankee Golfer (1994)
December Golf (1989)