The Southpaw (Second Edition)

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The Southpaw is a story about coming of age in America by way of the baseball diamond. Lefthander Henry Wiggen, six feet three, a hundred ninety-five pounds, and the greatest pitcher going, grows to manhood in a right-handed world. From his small-town beginnings to the top of the game, Henry finds out how hard it is to please his coach, his girl, and the sports page—and himself, too—all at once. Written in Henry’s own words, this exuberant, funny novel follows his eccentric course from bush league to the World ...
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Overview

The Southpaw is a story about coming of age in America by way of the baseball diamond. Lefthander Henry Wiggen, six feet three, a hundred ninety-five pounds, and the greatest pitcher going, grows to manhood in a right-handed world. From his small-town beginnings to the top of the game, Henry finds out how hard it is to please his coach, his girl, and the sports page—and himself, too—all at once. Written in Henry’s own words, this exuberant, funny novel follows his eccentric course from bush league to the World Series. Although Mark Harris loves and writes tellingly about the pleasures of baseball, his primary subject has always been the human condition and the shifts of mortal men and women as they try to understand and survive what life has dealt them. This new Bison Books edition celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of The Southpaw. In his introduction to this edition, Mark Harris discusses the genesis of the novel in his own life experience. Also available in Bison Books editions are The Southpaw, It Looked Like For Ever, and A Ticket for a Seamstitch, the other three volumes in the Henry Wiggen series.
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Editorial Reviews

New York Times
“Even those whose knowledge of baseball is elemental will find the book worth reading. For let there be no doubt about it, this is a distinguished and unusual book.”—New York Times
San Francisco Chronicle
“Cheers to Mark Harris, who gives us by far the best ‘serious’ baseball novel published.”—San Francisco Chronicle
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803273375
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2003
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 350
  • Sales rank: 815,858
  • Product dimensions: 5.32 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 0.81 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2002

    BEST BASEBALL BOOK AROUND

    The Southpaw is an entriguing tale of a young baseball player who faces both internal and external conflict. This is by far the best baseball book I have ever read and I recommend it to all teenagers or anyone with a passion for baseball.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 1999

    The greatest baseball novel of all time

    Hi my name is james melillo and i am a 16 year ols student who attends Staten Island Academy. I read this book for a research paper that i had to do for school. i normally do not like to read but i found this book excellent and i was always reading it. I recommend this book to anybody who is an avide sports fan. It was great

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