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Grantland Rice (1880-1954) was arguably the best and certainly the most famous sportswriter of his time, the era also of Ring Lardner, Damon Runyon and Heywood Broun, who were his friends. Fountain ( Another Man's Poison ) approaches his subject with affection, admiration and not a hint of condescension. Rice's style was florid, he was a hero-worshipper and he was addicted to writing sentimental doggerel, of which he was inordinately proud, but these stylistic elements were prized by his fans. A Tennessee native and a Vanderbilt graduate, he worked for papers in the South and Midwest, then went to New York City in 1911, where he wrote for the Mail , the Tribune (for which he did his best work), the World-Telegram and the Mirror and was syndicated in almost 100 papers. He was a prodigious worker, but always made time to assist a beginning reporter, to befriend sports stars like Ruth, Dempsey and Bobby Jones and to become an excellent golfer. Fountain's celebration of Rice is a vivid introduction for a new generation to this consummate pro. Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal
YA-America's Golden Age of Sports is recounted through the life story of the gifted writer who immortalized its heroes. Rice was the best-known sportswriter in the U.S. for 40 years, but he was also a beat writer, poet, and by all accounts a supreme gentleman, remembered for his critical yet unjaded eye and prolific, graceful dispatches. This glowing biography traces his career from his rookie assignment in Nashville to his eventual syndication in 100 newspapers. Fountain relates in detail his close friendships with legends such as Babe Ruth, Jack Dempsey, and Bobby Jones, not to mention with writers such as Ring Lardner and Paul Gallico. He also looks at the changing role of newspapers (and the crucial importance of their sports sections) in the first half of the 20th century. This enthralling story is well written, replete with humorous anecdotes and selections of Rice's verse and sportswriting. It will appeal to sports fanatics and general readers alike. Christopher Solomon, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Under an ink laden sky filled with the whites of...I read this classic. For true sports fans and fans of sports history, this is a must read. A bit fluffy, but incredibally nostalgic reading. Makes one wish they were there to read his work on an every day basis. Where is the poetry and visual writing in the columns of today? With no TV and early radio, Rice helped romantisize sports in it's heyday. No wonder they were such myths/legends.
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I have no idea how this book didn't receive more attention because, this is absolutely one of the best sports related books ever written. The quotes of Mr.Rice are still alive more than 50 years after he wrote them. "When the One Great Scorer comes to write against your name, he marks not that you won or lost, buy how you played the game."
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