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The Sportswriter (Paperback)

Author:  Richard Ford
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0679762108
ISBN-13: 9780679762102
Sku: 30118999
Publish Date: 6/1/1995
Pages:  384
Edition Number:  2
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At the beginning of his career, Frank Bascombe gives up his chance to become a successful novelist in order to work as a sportswriter. By the author of A Piece of My Heart. Reissue. *Author: Ford, Richard *Series Title: Vintage Contemporaries *Publication Date: 1995/06/01 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 8.25
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As a sportswriter, Frank Bascombe makes his living studying people--men, mostly--who live entirely within themselves. This is a condition that Frank himself aspires to. But at thirty-eight, he suffers from incurable dreaminess, occasional pounding of the heart, and the not-too-distant losses of a career, a son, and a marriage. In the course of the Easter week in which Ford's moving novel transpires, Bascombe will end up losing the remnants of his familiar life, though with his spirits soaring.To coordinate with the publication of its long-awaited sequel, Independence Day, Vintage is reissuing this novel. In the course of one Easter week, Frank Bascombe, a former novelist who now supports himself writing about men who live more successfully within themselves, walks the treacherous line between elation and searing regret. Profile in Vanity Fair.As a sportswriter, Frank Bascombe makes his living studying people--men, mostly--who live entirely within themselves. This is a condition that Frank himself aspires to. But at thirty-eight, he suffers from incurable dreaminess, occasional pounding of the heart, and the not-too-distant losses of a career, a son, and a marriage. In the course of the Easter week in which Ford's moving novel transpires, Bascombe will end up losing the remnants of his familiar life, though with his spirits soaring.
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Frank Bascombe, a failed writer and divorced father, lives in the suburban New Jersey town of Haddam, a place as unremarkable and routine as Frank's own daily life. Solitary and melancholic, Frank goes through the motions of work and social life until he meets and begins an affair with Vicki Arcenault, a nurse at the local hospital who treats his cut hand. Although he wants to marry Vicki, she balks at attaching herself to someone who has so thoroughly anesthetized himself. As the story progresses, the real source of Frank anomie--as well as of his marriage's collapse--becomes clear.
Author Bio
Richard Ford
As a child in Mississippi, Richard Ford lived across the street from Eudora Welty. He was dyslexic as a child, and learning to read was painful, but he now feels that the slowness and care with which he must approach language may have made him into a better writer. At Michigan State University he majored in English. He spent a semester in law school, then decided to become a writer instead: "Being a writer just seemed like a good idea." He moved to New York and worked as an editor for American Druggist to support himself while he wrote fiction. He received an M.F.A. in 1970 from the University of California at Irvine. His first publication was a short story in a New Zealand literary magazine, but his third novel, THE SPORTSWRITER, won a PEN/Faulkner Award.

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New York Times Book Review
"At the time, 'The Sportswriter' was an entertaining CAT scan of the shellshocked American Psyche. It remains so today." - Charles Johnson 06/18/1995

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"A book of life, full of life, and a grand achievement. The sport of this remarkable novel is the one all of us play--and win or lose at--every day." - Frederick Exley

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"Richard Ford's sportswriter is a bird rare in life and nearly extinct in fiction--a decent man." - Tobias Wolff

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeEdition:   0002
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0384
Product attributePublisher:   Vintage Books
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