Read Baseball: A Literary Anthology Books PDF

Read Baseball: A Literary Anthology Books PDF by Nicholas Dawidoff

Read Baseball: A Literary Anthology Books PDF by Nicholas Dawidoff Robert Frost never felt more at home in America than when watching baseball “be it in park or sand lot.” Full of heroism and heartbreak, the most beloved of American sports is also the most poetic, and writers have been drawn to this sport as to no other. With Baseball: A Literary Anthology, The Library of America presents the story of the national adventure as revealed through the fascinating lens of the great American game.

Philip Roth considers the terrible thrill of the adolescent centerfielder; Richard Ford listens to minor-league baseball on the radio while driving cross-country; Amiri Baraka remembers the joy of watching the Newark Eagles play in the era before Jackie Robinson shattered the color line. Unforgettable portraits of legendary players who have become icons-Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, and Hank Aaron-are joined by glimpses of lesser-known characters such as the erudite Moe Berg, who could speak a dozen languages “but couldn’t hit in any of them.”

Poems in Baseball: A Literary Anthology include indispensable works whose phrases have entered the language-Ernest Thayer’s “Casey at the Bat” and Franklin P. Adams’s “Baseball’s Sad Lexicon”-as well as more recent offerings from May Swenson, Yusef Komunyakaa, and Martin Espada. Testimonies from classic oral histories offer insights into the players who helped enshrine the sport in the American imagination. Spot reporting by Heywood Broun and Damon Runyon stands side by side with journalistic profiles that match baseball legends with some of our finest writers: John Updike on Ted Williams, Gay Talese on Joe DiMaggio, Red Smith on Lefty Grove.

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Read Baseball: A Literary Anthology Books PDF by David L. Ulin

Read Baseball: A Literary Anthology Books PDF by David L. Ulin Los Angeles has always been a place of paradisal promise and apocalyptic undercurrents. Simone de Beauvoir saw a kaleidoscopic “hall of mirrors,” Aldous Huxley a “city of dreadful joy.” Jack Kerouac found a “huge desert encampment,” David Thomson imagined “Marilyn Monroe, fifty miles long, lying on her side, half-buried on a ridge of crumbling rock.”

In Writing Los Angeles, The Library of America presents a glittering panorama in fiction, poetry, essays, journalism, and diaries by more than seventy writers. It brings to life the entrancing surfaces and unsettling contradictions of The City of Angels, from Raymond Chandler’s evocation of murderous moods fed by the Santa Ana winds to John Gregory Dunne’s affectionate tribute to “the deceptive perspectives of the pale subtropical light.” Here are fascinating strata of Los Angeles history, from the 1920s oil boom to 1980s graffiti art, from flamboyant evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson to surf music genius Brian Wilson, from German emigré intellectuals to hard-bitten homicide cops. Here are fragile ecosystems, architectural splendors, and social chasms, in the words of writers as various as M.F.K. Fisher, William Faulkner, Bertolt Brecht, Evelyn Waugh, Octavio Paz, Joan Didion, Norman Mailer, Walter Mosley, Mona Simpson, and Charles Mingus. Art Pepper discovers the Central Avenue of the 1940s jazz scene; screenwriter Robert Towne reflects on Chinatown’s origin; David Hockney teaches himself to drive; Pico Iyer finds at LAX “as clear an image as exists today of the world we are about to enter.”

Writing Los Angelesis an incomparable literary tour guide to a city of shifting identities and endless surprises.

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Read Baseball: A Literary Anthology Books PDF by George Vecsey

Read Baseball: A Literary Anthology Books PDF by George Vecsey “Football is force and fanatics, basketball is beauty and bounce. Baseball is everything: action, grace, the seasons of our lives. George Vecsey’s book proves it, without wasting a word.”
–Lee Eisenberg, author of The Number

In Baseball, one of the great bards of America’s Grand Old Game gives a rousing account of the sport, from its pre-Republic roots to the present day. George Vecsey casts a fresh eye on the game, illuminates its foibles and triumphs, and performs a marvelous feat: making a classic story seem refreshingly new.
Baseball is a narrative of America’s can-do spirit, in which stalwart immigrants such as Henry Chadwick could transplant cricket and rounders into the fertile American culture and in which die-hard unionist baseballers such as Charles Comiskey and Connie Mack could eventually become the tightfisted avatars of the game’s big-money establishment. It’s a celebration of such underdogs as a rag-armed catcher turned owner named Branch Rickey and a sure-handed fielder named Curt Flood, both of whom flourished as true great men of history. But most of all, Baseball is a testament to the unbreakable bond between our nation’s pastime and the fans, who’ve remained loyal through the fifty-year-long interdict on black athletes, the Black Sox scandal, franchise relocation, and the use of performance-enhancing drugs by some major stars.

Reverent, playful, and filled with Vecsey’s charm, Baseball begs to be read in the span of a rain-delayed doubleheader, and so enjoyable that, like a favorite team’s championship run, one hopes it never ends.

“Vecsey possesses a journalist’s eye for detail and a historian’s feel for the sweep of action. His research is scrupulous and his writing crisp. This book is an instant classic—— a highly readable guide to America’s great enduring pastime.” — The Louisville Courier Journal



From the Hardcover edition.

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Read Baseball: A Literary Anthology Books PDF by Jim Reisler

Read Baseball: A Literary Anthology Books PDF by Jim Reisler This revised edition is an anthology of 10 African American sportswriters who covered baseball’s Negro Leagues in the first part of the 20th century. The writers include Sam Lacy, Wendell Smith, Frank A. Young, Joe Bostic, Chester L. Washington, W. Rollo Wilson, Dan Burley, Ed Harris, A.S. “Doc” Young and Romeo Dougherty. The men represented here were pioneers in their own right. Writing for black weekly newspapers, they faced the same conditions as the leagues’ players, from discrimination to endless travel. Yet it was through their writings that the public, both black and white were given an up-close, inside look at the day-to-day happenings of Negro League baseball.

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Read Baseball: A Literary Anthology Books PDF by Robert Coover

Read Baseball: A Literary Anthology Books PDF by Robert Coover

J. Henry Waugh immerses himself in his fantasy baseball league every night after work.

As owner of every team in the league, Henry is flush with pride in a young rookie who is pitching a perfect game. When the pitcher completes the miracle game, Henry’s life lights up. But then the rookie is killed by a freak accident, and this”death” affects Henry’s life in ways unimaginable. In a blackly comic novel that takes the reader between the real world and fantasy, Robert Coover delves into the notions of chance and power.

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Read Baseball: A Literary Anthology Books PDF by National Geographic Society (U.S.), National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

Read Baseball: A Literary Anthology Books PDF by National Geographic Society (U.S.), National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum Baseball As Americaexamines how the American landscape, our language, literature, entertainment, food, and summertime living all bear the mark of a 19th-century game that has become intertwined with our nation’s values and aspirations.Baseball As Americais the official companion volume to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s unprecedented national traveling exhibition. Features more than 200 original and archival photographs that bring the game to life on its pages. Perfect for every baseball fan, indeed every American, Baseball As America is a comprehensive panorama of the game America has grown up with.

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Read Baseball: A Literary Anthology Books PDF by Robert Whiting

Read Baseball: A Literary Anthology Books PDF by Robert Whiting A hilarious, informative, and riveting account of Japanese baseball and the cultural clashes that ensued when Americans began playing there professionally.

In Japan, baseball is a way of life. It is a philosophy. It is besuboru. Its most important element is wa—group harmony—embodied in the proverb “The nail that sticks up shall be hammered down.” In this witty and incisive book, Robert Whiting gives us a close-up look at besuboru‘s teams, obsessive ritualism, and history, as seen through the eyes of American players who found the Japanese approach—rigorous pregame practices, the tolerance for tie games, injured pitchers encouraged to “pitch through the pain”—completely baffling. With vivid accounts of East meeting West, involving Babe Ruth, Ichiro Suzuki, Bobby Valentine, Japanese home run king Sadaharu Oh, and many others, this lively and completely unique book is an utter gem and baseball classic.

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Read Baseball: A Literary Anthology Books PDF by Adam Gopnik

Read Baseball: A Literary Anthology Books PDF by Adam Gopnik From the earliest years of the American republic, Paris has provoked an extraordinary American literary response. An almost inevitable destination for writers and thinkers, Paris has been many things to many Americans: a tradition-bound bastion of the old world of Europe; a hotbed of revolutionary ideologies in politics and art; and a space in which to cultivate an openness to life and love thought impossible at home. Including stories, letters, memoirs, and journalism, Americans in Parisdistills three centuries of vigorous, glittering, and powerfully emotional writing about the place that Henry James called “the most brilliant city in the world.”

American writers came to Paris as statesmen, soldiers, students, tourists, and sometimes they stayed as expatriates. This anthology ranges from the crucial early impressions of Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin to the latter-day reflections of writers as varied as James Baldwin, Isadora Duncan, and Jack Kerouac. Along the way we encounter the energetic travelers of the nineteenth century—Emerson, Mark Twain, Henry James—and the pilgrims of the twentieth: Gertrude Stein, F. Scott Fitzgerald, E. E. Cummings, Cole Porter, Henry Miller. Come along as Thomas Paine takes a direct and dangerous part in the French Revolution; Harriet Beecher Stowe tours the Louvre; Theodore Dreiser samples the sensual enticements of Parisian night life; Edith Wharton movingly describes Paris in the early days of World War I; John Dos Passos charts the gathering political storms of the 1930s; Paul Zweig recalls the intertwined pleasures of language and sex; and A. J. Liebling savors the memory of his culinary education in delicious detail.

Americans in Parisis a diverse and constantly engaging mosaic, full of revealing cultural gulfs and misunderstandings, personal and literary experimentation, and profound moments of self-discovery.

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Read Baseball: A Literary Anthology Books PDF by A. Bartlett Giamatti

Read Baseball: A Literary Anthology Books PDF by A. Bartlett Giamatti A philosophical musing on sports and play, this wholly inspiring and
utterly charming reissue of Bart Giamatti’s long-out-of-print final
book, Take Time for Paradise, puts baseball in the context of
American life and leisure. Giamatti begins with the conviction that our
use of free time tells us something about who we are. He explores the
concepts of leisure, American-style. And in baseball, the quintessential
American game, he finds its ultimate expression. “Sports and leisure
are our reiteration of the hunger for paradise- for freedom
untrammeled.” Filled with pithy truths about such resonant subjects as
ritual, self-betterment, faith, home, and community, Take Time for Paradise
gives us much more than just baseball. These final, eloquent thoughts
of “the philosopher king of baseball” (Seattle Weekly) are a joyful,
reverent celebration of the sport Giamatti loved and the country that
created it.

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Read Baseball: A Literary Anthology Books PDF by Dennis Trudell

Read Baseball: A Literary Anthology Books PDF by Dennis Trudell Introduction

Dennis Trudell

I wanted this book to exist because I love to read and I love basketball.

And there was no gathering of strictly “creative” writing about what is surely one of our most spontaneous, creative sports. While many literary baseball anthologies were available, fans of basketball and writing had only collections of journalism, or journalism mixed with an occasional story and novel fragment. Yet basketball is now our nation’s most popular sport (fifty-four percent to forty-six percent over baseball, I read in the newspaper-though we’re talking about passion, and how does one measure?). Further, it is a sport that our genders and races and classes play, bumping and rubbing in confined spaces, during all seasons throughout the U. S.: from farmyards and suburban driveways to housing-project courts and packed dirt churchyards. From suction-cup hoops in college dorms to milk crates nailed on phone poles. As I write this, a boy somewhere tosses underwear at a basketball laundry hamper; a girl in pigtails shoots alone in a haybarn; a seventeen-year-old slams an imaginary ball through a netless rim above smashed crack vials.

I once scored sixteen points in a grade-school intramural game to lead “Yale” to a championship over “Army.” That is not very interesting to anyone else, but is of lasting importance to me. I had only scored six other points all season; and whatever else happened that day in Morris Peabody’s gym-he who in 1950 insisted we shoot underhand free throws-I left there in love with a hole ten feet in the air. With a love song and story, I could never quite tell enough. One that later years on other courts, in driveways and parks and schools (on auditorium stages or gyms trespassed on weekends), would broaden and deepen. I learned the joy of jump shooting while learning the one of reading-during those indelible, crazed teenage years of learning to hide erections after glimpsing bras across school aisles. Basketball and stories, basketball and desire. . . . The pairing occurred before I knew enough of this world to count my change. Before I knew enough of language to read or write any truth. The pairing has occurred, and occurs, inside countless others. How could at lea

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Baseball
Language: en
Pages: 721

Baseball

Authors: Nicholas Dawidoff
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2002 - Publisher:
Featuring contributions by Robert Frost, Philip Roth, Richard Ford, Amiri Baraka, and many others, an unrivaled collection pays tribute to America's favorite pasttime, featuring poems, stories, testimonies from classic oral histories, and many journalistic profiles that honor the game and its many celebrated players.
Writing Los Angeles
Language: en
Pages: 880

Writing Los Angeles

Authors: David L. Ulin
Categories: Literary Collections
Type: BOOK - Published: 2002 - Publisher:
Collects short fictional works and excerpts, poetry, essays, journalism, and diary entries on the City of Light as contributed by top authors, in a volume that considers such topics as the city's history, culture, police force, ecosystems, and architecture. 20,000 first printing.
Baseball
Language: en
Pages: 272

Baseball

Authors: George Vecsey
Categories: Sports & Recreation
Type: BOOK - Published: 2008-12-24 - Publisher: Modern Library
“Football is force and fanatics, basketball is beauty and bounce. Baseball is everything: action, grace, the seasons of our lives. George Vecsey’s book proves it, without wasting a word.” –Lee Eisenberg, author of The Number In Baseball, one of the great bards of America’s Grand Old Game gives a rousing
The Universal Baseball Association
Language: en
Pages: 256

The Universal Baseball Association

Authors: Robert Coover
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011-11-01 - Publisher: The Overlook Press
J. Henry Waugh immerses himself in his fantasy baseball league every night after work. As owner of every team in the league, Henry is flush with pride in a young rookie who is pitching a perfect game. When the pitcher completes the miracle game, Henry's life lights up. But then
The Grind
Language: en
Pages: 192

The Grind

Authors: Barry Svrluga
Categories: Sports & Recreation
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-07-07 - Publisher: Penguin
Shortlisted for the 2016 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing AT 162 GAMES, it is the sports world’s longest season. Grueling. Thrilling. Routine. Lonely. Exhilarating. Major league ballplayers even have a name for this relentless, unmatchable rhythm: The Grind. In The Grind, Barry Svrluga, The Washington Post’s national baseball correspondent,