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Boxing writer George Kimball helms new LOA title 'At The Fights'
Edited Press Release
American writers have always been fascinated by the ring -- by the
primal contest inside the ropes and the crazy carnival world outside
them. Library of America (LOA) announced that George Kimball,
a longtime sportswriter for the Boston Herald and author of an earlier
critically acclaimed book about boxing, helmed a new book on the sport
"At the Fights: American Writers on Boxing."
gyms and smoke-filled arenas to star-studded casinos and exotic
locales, they have chronicled unforgettable stories about determination
and dissipation, great champions and punch-drunk has-beens, colorful
entourages and outrageous promoters, and, inevitably along the way,
have written incisively about race, class, and spectacle in America.
Like baseball, boxing has a vivid culture and language all its own, one
that has proven irresistible to career sportswriters and literary
LOA adds to the annals of boxing lore with the launch this month of 'At
The Fights,' a massive 560 page hardcover available now at bookstores
across the USA, at the LOA
website and Amazon
as well as other online retailers.
This gritty and glittering anthology gathers a century of the very best
writing about the fights. Here are Jack London on the immortal Jack
Johnson; H. L. Mencken and Irvin S. Cobb on Jack Dempsey vs. Georges
Carpentier, the first “Fight of the Century” that captivated the world
in the 1920s; Richard Wright on Joe Louis’s historic first-round
knockout of Max Schmeling; A. J. Liebling’s brilliantly comic portrait
of a manager who really identifies with his fighter; Jimmy Cannon on
Archie Moore, the greatest fighter of the 1950s; James Baldwin and Gay
Talese on Floyd Patterson’s epic tilt with Sonny Liston; George
Plimpton on Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X; Norman Mailer on the Rumble in
the Jungle; Mark Kram on the Thrilla in Manila; Pete Hamill on
legendary trainer and manager Cus D’Amato; Mark Kriegel on Oscar De la
Hoya; and David Remnick and Joyce Carol Oates on Mike Tyson.
National Book Award–winning novelist Colum McCann (Let the Great World
Spin) offers a foreword.
George Kimball is a longtime sportswriter (Boston Herald) and the
author of "Four Kings: Leonard, Hagler, Hearns, Duran and the Last
Great Era of Boxing." John Schulian was a sports columnist for the
Chicago Sun-Times and Philadelphia Daily News before moving to
Hollywood, where he was, among other things, the co-creator of Xena:
Warrior Princess. He is the author of "Writers’ Fighters and Other
Both Kimball and Schulian are recipients of the Nat Fleischer Award for
Excellence in Boxing Journalism, awarded by the Boxing Writers
Association of America, and in addition to At the Fights, they have
co-edited The Fighter Still Remains: A Celebration of Boxing in Poetry
and Song from Ali to Zevon.
The Library of America is an award-winning nonprofit publisher
dedicated to preserving America’s best writing in handsome, enduring
volumes, featuring authoritative texts. For more information check out
the LOA website.
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