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Book Title: For Love Of The Game: A Novel|
The author of the book: Michael Shaara
ISBN 13: 9780881846959
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 954 KB
Edition: Carroll & Graf Publishers
Date of issue: April 1st 1991
Read full description of the books For Love Of The Game: A Novel:This is the heartfelt story of the last game played by a baseball legend. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Shaara, it is a novel that is destined to be read each season by new fans and old as long as the game is played.
In For Love of the Game, we meet Billy Chapel, after seventeen seasons a sure Hall of Famer, a pitcher who ranks right up there with Feller and Spahn and Koufax and Christy Mathewson. He is a man who retained an endearing quality of youth, a man who has devoted his life to the game he loves and plays so well. He is also that rarity, a pure competitor in professional sports - and, because of that, because of his unsurpassed skill and innocent faith, he has been betrayed.
Michael Schaara uses his intimate knowledge of baseball to tell the exciting tension-filled story of one of the most memorable games ever played. It is a game that will decide which team goes to the World Series. But this is also a story about the need to choose and how choices can define a man's character and, perhaps, his fate.
Set in the recent past, this is a novel as involving as the wonderful game it portrays. It is a story about true excellence, pride and the possibility of holding onto love.
Billy Chapel may be Michael Schaara's most memorable character and For Love of the Game is surely one of the few sport fictions to deserve the name of literature.
Michael Schaara published his first of five novels, The Broken Place, in 1968. In 1974 his masterpiece about the Civil War, The Killer Angels, won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. The manuscript For Love of the Game was discovered by his estate after his death in 1988.
Read information about the authorMichael Shaara was an American writer of science fiction, sports fiction, and historical fiction. He was born to Italian immigrant parents (the family name was originally spelled Sciarra, which in Italian is pronounced the same way) in Jersey City, New Jersey, graduated from Rutgers University in 1951, and served as a sergeant in the 82nd Airborne division prior to the Korean War.
Before Shaara began selling science fiction stories to fiction magazines in the 1950s, he was an amateur boxer and police officer. He later taught literature at Florida State University while continuing to write fiction. The stress of this and his smoking caused him to have a heart attack at the early age of 36; from which he fully recovered. His novel about the Battle of Gettysburg, The Killer Angels, won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1975. Shaara died of another heart attack in 1988.
Shaara's son, Jeffrey Shaara, is also a popular writer of historical fiction; most notably sequels to his father's best-known novel. His most famous is the prequel to The Killer Angels, Gods and Generals. Jeffrey was the one to finally get Michael's last book, For Love of the Game, published three years after he died. Today there is a Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction, established by Jeffrey Shaara, awarded yearly at Gettysburg College.
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