FIELDER'S CHOICE: An Anthology of Baseball Fiction by Jerome--Ed. Holtzman

FIELDER'S CHOICE: An Anthology of Baseball Fiction

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Editor Holtzman has done an unusually graceful job of balancing the light and the serious in this grouping of 27 stories and cuttings; and there's lots of serious stuff to blend in here because baseball's imagery and psychology have attracted so many serious writers--Robert Coover, Philip Roth, John Sayles, Bernard Malamud (all represented by nicely chosen selections from novels), and Andre Dubus, for example. Not that the more obvious comic foreground is neglected: here's Thurber, here's Runyon, here's Lardner, here's Frank Sullivan (with his Clich‚ Expert), and here also--in the volume's only real lapse--is P. G. Wodehouse's atypically strained ""The Pitcher and the Plutocrat"" (which also appears, under a slightly different title, in the new Wodehouse collection The Swoop). Holtzman can be forgiven for wanting a Wodehouse in his book, however, especially since all the other entries are just the right choices for this celebration of the frequent intersection of baseball fandom with literary sensibilities.

Pub Date: April 4th, 1979
Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich