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At the Fights: American Writers on Boxing

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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.

About the Author

Colum McCann is the author of the National Book Award-winning novel Let the Great World Spin and, most recently, TransAtlantic. Born in Dublin, Ireland, he now lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781598530926
Author:
Kimball, George
Publisher:
Library of America
Introduction by:
McCann, Colum
Introduction:
McCann, Colum
Editor:
Schulian, John
Author:
McCann, Colum
Author:
Schulian, John
Subject:
Boxing
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Boxing
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20110331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
560
Dimensions:
9.54 x 6.28 x 1.29 in 1.8 lb
Age Level:
17-17

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