The Southpaw

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U of Nebraska Press, 2003 - Fiction - 350 pages
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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 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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User Review  - SeriousGrace - LibraryThing

From the very beginning of The Southpaw you know you are in for a treat. Just read the dedication to know why. Then, for further evidence, move on to the "Special Warning To All Readers!!!" Henry ... Read full review

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User Review  - yeremenko - LibraryThing

This is my favorite book. It is wonderful baseball story, but even more is right up there with Catcher in the Rye and To Kill a Mocking Bird as a masterful example of the first person POV. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
13
Section 2
19
Section 3
27
Section 4
36
Section 5
48
Section 6
58
Section 7
65
Section 8
75
Section 21
168
Section 22
176
Section 23
190
Section 24
200
Section 25
213
Section 26
226
Section 27
242
Section 28
255

Section 9
83
Section 10
91
Section 11
97
Section 12
105
Section 13
116
Section 14
123
Section 15
131
Section 16
136
Section 17
143
Section 18
150
Section 19
158
Section 20
163
Section 29
265
Section 30
273
Section 31
280
Section 32
293
Section 33
302
Section 34
309
Section 35
314
Section 36
325
Section 37
332
Section 38
338
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Mark Harris (1922-2007).

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