The Runner's Literary Companion: Great Stories and Poems About Running

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Extremely popular collection of running literature.

For everyone who loves reading as much as running, this pleasing, inspiring collection of 48 short stories and poems on running offers contributions from authors as diverse as Joyce Carol Oates, Walt Whitman, and A.E. Housman, "(The Runner's Literary Companion) animates the spirit of running better than any other book."--Runner's World.

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Overview


Extremely popular collection of running literature.

For everyone who loves reading as much as running, this pleasing, inspiring collection of 48 short stories and poems on running offers contributions from authors as diverse as Joyce Carol Oates, Walt Whitman, and A.E. Housman, "(The Runner's Literary Companion) animates the spirit of running better than any other book."--Runner's World.

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Editorial Reviews

Kick!
...[A] pleasinginspiring collection of 48 short stories and poems on running...
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Among the 24 stories and 25 poems in this fictional overview of a popular sport are surprises from such illustrious names as Evelyn Waugh, Joyce Carol Oates and Walt Whitman-though the more turgid, macho prose of such genre giants as Alan Sillitoe and John L. Parker sets the book's overall emotional tone. The better stories break away from the repetitious variations on the theme of competition: Sara Maitland's ``The Loveliness of the Long-Distance Runner,'' for instance, explores the oppositional thoughts of a woman runner about to enter a marathon and her female, non-athletic lover, who is both attracted and repelled by the nature of her partner's hobby. Oates's ``Running'' is an unusual, stream-of-consciousness narrative about a nameless woman who, while running in the woods with her lover, perceives a physical threat from a group of men. On the darker side, the title character in James Tabor's ``The Runner'' is attacked by rednecks in a remote area and decides to fight back, with startling results. This collection should prove indispensable for hard-core road warriors and of significant interest to sports fiction fans in general-and may even contain enough surprises to gratify readers in the mainstream. (Sept.)
Kick!
...[A] pleasing, inspiring collection of 48 short stories and poems on running...
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"Animates the spirit of running better than any other book."
John L. Parker
"Battista has gathered together all the memorable (and widely scattered) jewels of
running literature and melded them into a single, glorious volume. I enjoyed it
immensely and will keep it close at hand for many years."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140253535
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/1996
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,369,598
  • Product dimensions: 5.13 (w) x 7.79 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author


Garth Battista is the editor of The Runner's Literary Companion and How Running Changed My Life.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2002

    Inspire and Explain...

    I read this book before I go to sleep when I know I'm not going to want to run the next day. I read parts of this book aloud to my friends who think I'm 'crazy' for running. I read this book when I'm commuting to work. I read this book when I just want to think about running. Not a how-to run book, nor a why you should run book, but a oh!-that's-why-I-love-running book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2001

    Thoughtful, interesting book.

    I found a thoughtful collection of stories in this book. Very well put together. I didn't want to read the book too quickly, rather, I decided to savor each story and appreciate the essence of each. It took me quite a while to finish the book. I would say this would be a necessary addition to any runners book case.

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