Men in Sports

Men in Sports

by Brandt Aymar

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A monumental anthology covering the literature of sports, with unusual selections featuring many other sports.


A monumental anthology covering the literature of sports, with unusual selections featuring many other sports.

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From the Publisher
"The sporting life in all its myriad glories can be found in this exhilarating, one-of-a-kind collection. Mr. Aymar has covered the field of challenge and competition as no one has ever done before."

— Donald Honig, author of Baseball: The Illustrated History of America's Game

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Aymar ( Cruising Is Fun ) has assembled an anthology about equally divided between fiction and nonfiction, covering 34 sports (although not basketball) in 48 selections. He begins with the funeral games for Patroklos described by Homer in the Iliad and ends with ``Beyond the Divide,'' about wilderness walking, by Colin Fletcher, of 1988. There is fine reportage by Richard Harding Davis, Norman Mailer, George Plimpton and Maury Allen; there are autobiographical excerpts from racing driver Stirling Moss, hockey goalie Ken Dryen, swimmer Diane Nyad and soccer star Pele; there are short stories by Ring Lardner, Jack London and Rudyard Kipling; there are excerpts from novels by Sir Walter Scott, Lew Wallace, James Dickey and Alan Sillitoe. Sports fans will find much material to enjoy here and will lament the absence of a personal favorite. (May)
Library Journal
Editor Aymar has fashioned an anthology of sports literature representing 34 categories of amateur and professional games, ranging from chariot racing to mountain climbing. Drawing together excerpts from both literary and popular works of fact and fiction, he presents an eclectic mix of genres, eras, and styles. Among the entries are Dick Francis on horseracing; Norman Mailer on boxing; James Dickey on canoeing; Jack London on surfing; Zane Grey on baseball; and Diana Nyad on swimming. A common thread throughout this anthology is an emphasis upon the event rather than the participants. As a sampling of the diversity in the literature of sports through the ages, this work is appropriate for both public and academic collections.-- William H. Hoffman, Ft. Myers-Lee Cty. P.L., Fla.

Product Details

Crown Publishing Group
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Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.25(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Brandt Aymar has compiled eight previous anthologies, including The Personality of the Cat, Men at Sea, and Men in the Air. He is the author of several boating books, including Cruising Is Fun and The Complete Cruiser, and is the coauthor of A Pictorial History of the World's Great Trials from Socrates to Jean Harris. He lives in West Islip on Long Island.

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