KNIGHT IN THE SUN by Marshall Hall

KNIGHT IN THE SUN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This biography of ""the forgotten man of bullfighting"" is an admiring portrait of Harper B. Lee, the first American matador who in the years 1908 - 1911 was in 52 corridas and killed 100 bulls. From Texas to Guadalajara, after his mother divorced his father, young Harper followed the example of his local playmates and spent his time with the bulls, discovered his talents for the art of bullfighting and with instruction in classic techniques spent his time as a novillero, learning about bulls and improving his specialities with the banderillas and his cape work. The path led to Mexico City where he proved he was the equal of its best matadors and won a tremendous audience. His triumphs in the fiesta de torns had their price and his many gorings were an obstacle in wooing Roxa and his last accident persuaded him to take off his traje de luces forever. Muy valiente as a matador, his real courage was evident in the years he was dying of cancer. This reports his many virtuoso performances, the excitement of the corridas, and the color and dangers of a tauromaquian life, expertly and glowingly. For a committed audience this should add another chapter to bullfighting history.

Pub Date: July 17th, 1962
Publisher: Little, Brown