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ERIC Number: ED020931
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Nov
Pages: 9
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BASEBALL IN AMERICAN FICTION.
GRABER, RALPH S.
BASEBALL FICTION HAS MOVED FROM THE JUVENILE STORIES OF THE TURN OF THE CENTURY TO ADULT FICTION IN WHICH THE GAME IS EXAMINED FOR THE LIGHT IT SHEDS ON THE PARADOXES OF AMERICAN LIFE. EARLY BASEBALL FICTION WAS DIRECTED TOWARD THE DIME-NOVEL AUDIENCE, BUT AFTER WORLD WAR I, SUCH WRITERS AS HEYWOOD BROUN AND RING LARDNER AIMED FOR ADULT READERS AND PRODUCED ACCOUNTS OF BASEBALL CONTAINING VALID INSIGHTS INTO THE AMERICAN SCENE. IN THE 30'S, THOMAS WOLFE, NELSON ALGREN, AND JAMES T. FARRELL WROTE ABOUT THE GAME IN THEIR NOVELS, AND SINCE WORLD WAR II, WRITERS HAVE PRODUCED BASEBALL FICTION RANGING FROM FANTASY TO REALISTIC NOVELS. THE BEST RECENT BASEBALL FICTION (E.G., BERNARD MALAMUD'S "THE NATURAL" AND MARK HARRIS'"THE SOUTHPAW,""BANG THE DRUM SLOWLY," AND "A TICKET FOR SEAMSTITCH") CONCENTRATES NOT MERELY ON THE GAME OR THE PLAYERS' LIVES BUT ON THE UNIVERSAL PROBLEMS OF HUMAN BEHAVIOR. (THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN "ENGLISH JOURNAL," VOL. 56 (NOVEMBER 1967), 1107-14.) (LH)
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