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The book of boxing
Heinz, W. C. (Wilfred Charles), 1915-2008.
Publication Information:
Kingston, New York : Total Sports Illustrated Classics, [1999]

Physical Description:
352 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 26 cm
General Note:
"List of all-time heavyweight title bouts on reverse of jacket"--jacket.
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PN6071.B73 B66 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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In spite of the fact that it's sometimes thought of as a "low" sport, boxing has made converts of a surprisingly mixed crowd of commentators, including ancient philosophers, well-known reporters, famous novelists, and even poets. The Total Sports Illustrated Book of Boxing brings together the most memorable writings on the "sweet science, " featuring a varied mix of fiction, reporting, biography, and poetry, set off by a section of color photos. This anthology runs the gamut of boxing lore, chronicling the ancient sport through the works of such diverse writers as Nellie Bly, Ernest Hemingway, Rocky Marciano, Joyce Carol Oates, Plato, Ring Lardner, Virgil, and dozens of others.

Table of Contents

Jesse AbramsonNelson AlgrenDave AndersonAnonymousBugs BaerGeorge A. BartonArnold BennettNellie BlyGeorge BorrowArthur BrisbaneJack BroughtonHeywood BrounWarren BrownDonn ByrneLord Byron and George GordonJimmy CannonJohn Graham ChambersDonald Barr ChidseyIrvin S. CobbBob ConsidineJames J. CorbettRobert H. DavisProfessor michael J. DonovanDon DunphyPierce EganJames R. FairJames T. FarrellWilliam FayNat FleischerPaul GallicoLeonard GardnerCaptain John GodfreyLouis GoldingFrank GrahamRocky Graziano and Rowland BarberWilliam HazlittW.C. HeinzErnest HemingwayO. HenryGeorge HicksHomerVictor HugoNorman KatkovMark KramMark KriegelAl LaneyJohn LardnerRing LardnerA.J. LieblingJack LondonLuciliusNorman MailerRocky MarcianoJohn MasefieldEdgar Lee MastersW.O. McGeehanHugh McIlvanneyM. J. McMahonDaniel MendozaFrank G. MenkeHenry Downes MilesThomas MooreJack MurphyEddie OrcuttDan ParkerWestbrook PeglerPlatoGeorge PlimptonJ.B. PriestleyPat PutnamDavid RemnickJohn Hamilton ReynoldsGrantland RiceDamon RunyonBudd SchulbergGeorge Bernard ShawRed SmithStatiusAshton StevensRobert SwitzerWilliam Makepeace ThackerayTheocritusCharles E. Van LoanVirgilEmmett WatsonJoe Williams
Melted Sugar [Reporting]p. 9
He Swung and He Missed [Fiction]p. 11
Michelangelo's Masterpiece [Reporting]p. 15
The Kid's Last Fight [Poetry]p. 17
Epigrams [Humor]p. 19
Billy Miske's Last Christmas [Portrait]p. 20
The Prize Fight [Fact]p. 22
A Visit with John L. Sullivan [Reporting]p. 25
From Lavengro [Fiction]p. 30
Sullivan--Mitchell [Reporting]p. 33
The First Boxing Rules [Fact]p. 36
The Orthodox Champion [Comment]p. 37
The Portable A.C. [Fact]p. 38
From Tale of James Carabine [Fiction]p. 42
From Letters and Journal [Fact]p. 49
The Joe Louis I Remember [Portrait]p. 50
The Marquis of Queensberry Rules [Fact]p. 57
Sullivan--Flood [Reporting]p. 58
Dempsey--Carpentier [Reporting]p. 60
The Second Louis--Schmeling Fight [Reporting]p. 64
Sullivan vs. Corbett [Fact]p. 65
Corbett--Fitzsimmons [Fact]p. 70
How to Train for a Fight [Fact]p. 75
Jersey Joe Walcott--Rocky Marciano [Reporting]p. 78
Jem Belcher [Fact]p. 79
The Iron City Express [Fact]p. 89
Twenty-five Bucks [Fiction]p. 93
Hello Joe [Fiction]p. 97
Title Battle in Typhoon [Reporting]p. 104
Pity the Poor Giant [Portrait]p. 108
Roberto Duran and the Wise Old Men [Reporting]p. 115
From The Useful Science of Defence [Fact]p. 121
From The World I Knew [Comment]p. 126
All the Way to the Grave [Fact]p. 128
Stillman's Gym [Fact]p. 130
The Fight [Fact]p. 133
The Day of the Fight [Fact]p. 141
Fifty Grand [Fiction]p. 149
The Higher Pragmatism [Fiction]p. 161
A Radio Man Remembers [Fact]p. 162
From The Iliad [Poetry]p. 164
From The Man Who Laughs [Fiction]p. 166
Stop the Fight! [Fiction]p. 169
Lawdy, Lawdy, He's Great [Fact]p. 176
The Great Almost White Hope [Fact]p. 179
Two Visits with Sam Langford [Portrait]p. 186
Shelby, 1923 [Fact]p. 188
Champion [Fiction]p. 197
Boxing with the Naked Eye [Comment]p. 207
Jack Johnson v. Jim Jeffries [Reporting]p. 209
Epigrams [Comment]p. 214
Death [Fact]p. 215
How it Feels to be Champ [Self-Portrait]p. 218
From "The Everlasting Mercy" [Poetry]p. 225
The Time of Ruby Robert [Fact]p. 228
News of a Champion [Portrait]p. 233
The Sour Taste in Jack Bodell's Pop [Portrait]p. 235
The Nonpareil's Grave [Poetry]p. 237
From Street Fighting to Fame [Fact]p. 238
Dempsey--Firpo [Reporting]p. 240
Mr. John Jackson: 1788-1795 [Fact]p. 244
Epistle from Tom Crib to Big Ben [Poetry]p. 250
From: The Mongoose [Portrait]p. 251
Brooklyn Mick [Fiction]p. 263
I Went to See Tony Galento [Fact]p. 271
Siki and Civilization [Comment]p. 272
From The Dialogues [Argument]p. 274
From Shadow Box [Reporting]p. 276
The Ring [Fact]p. 279
Eight Minutes of Fury [Reporting]p. 281
Kid Dynamite Blows Up [Fact]p. 283
From The Fancy [Poetry]p. 297
On Dempsey and Tunney [Fact]p. 298
Bred for Battle [Fiction]p. 301
The Great Benny Leonard [Portrait]p. 306
From Cashel Byron's Profession [Fiction]p. 311
The Nose [Portrait]p. 319
From The Thebaid [Fiction]p. 321
Old Man Britt [Fact]p. 322
Death of a Prize Fighter [Fiction]p. 325
A Lay of Ancient London [Poetry]p. 329
From The Dioscuri [Fiction]p. 332
One-Thirty-Three--Ringside [Fiction]p. 334
From The Aeneid [Poetry]p. 343
End of the Line for Leo [Portrait]p. 346
Abe Attell Takes the Stand [Fact]p. 347