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Running in Literature: A Guide for Scholars, Readers, Runners, Joggers and Dreamers Hardcover – October 1, 2003
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A tour-de-force of scholarship and creative writing. -- Bernd Heinrich, author of Why We Run
Every page of RUNNING IN LITERATURE is a treasure trove. -- Amby Burfoot, executive editor, Runners World, and winner of the 1968 Boston Marathon
I am entranced by Roger Robinsons wonderful, easy, conversational erudition. -- John J. Kelley, winner of the 1957 Boston Marathon, English teacher and author
RUNNING IN LITERATURE is the book for every serious reading runner and every devoted running reader. -- Frank Deford, NPR commentator and author of An American Summer and Heart of a Champion
Robinsons wit and intelligence crackle through this masterful guide to runnings place in literature. -- Julia Emmons, Ph.D., Director, Peachtree Road Race
About the Author
Roger Robinson is a professor of English at Victoria University in New Zealand, an international running writer, and a world-class runner. He is the author of Heroes and Sparrows and Robert Louis Stevenson: His Best Pacific Writings, and editor of The Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature. He lives in New York City and Wellington, New Zealand.
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I particularly like Robinson's explanation and rendition of Robert Browning's poem "Pheidippides." It inspired the inclusion of the marathon in the first modern Olympics which led to marathon races thru-out the world ever since. I also like Robinson's description of Alan Sillitoe's "The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner." And many, many others. If you've done some long-distance running and have a taste for literature, you'll treasure this collection that Robinson's put-together.