Fighters & Writers

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Mongrel Empire Press, 2010 - Literary Collections - 232 pages
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Fighters & Writers is neither a traditional sports book nor a conventional collection of literary essays. The title essay surveys a selection of the mammoth body of literature involving boxing in addition to writing on closely related topics such as confidence games. "The Ali Act" considers writers' undiminished interest in one extraordinary boxer. "The Fighting Life" looks at two prominent writers' use of boxing in their fiction. "A First-Class Sport" assesses boxing's frequently overlooked positive aspects by examining the memoirs and autobiographies of several boxing enthusiasts, including a former heavyweight champion, a well-known trainer and television analyst, and prominent public figures including a former president and a U.S. senator. Other pieces in the collection explore how boxing inserts itself in writers' imaginations even when they write about other subjects. Essays on diverse topics such as book dedications, Orwell's Spanish Civil War memories, digressions, tattoos and losing weight reveal the close, if not always recognized, connections between fighters and writers.
 

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
17
Section 3
27
Section 4
32
Section 5
33
Section 6
35
Section 7
38
Section 8
39
Section 14
90
Section 15
100
Section 16
111
Section 17
124
Section 18
136
Section 19
137
Section 20
147
Section 21
152

Section 9
43
Section 10
52
Section 11
55
Section 12
58
Section 13
79
Section 22
160
Section 23
174
Section 24
192
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