Tennis and the Meaning of Life: A Literary Anthology of the Game

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Breakaway Books, 1995 - Sports & Recreation - 335 pages
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The only book of its kind, Tennis and the Meaning of Life is a resplendent collection of the best fiction (and poetry!) written about this extraordinary sport/obsession. The stories are hilarious and sad, whimsical and philosophical, lyrical and profane - and thoroughly saturated with the art of the game. Fathers play against sons. Business partners attempt mutual destruction by tennis. An amateur challenges the local pro. Humbert Humbert rhapsodizes about Lolita's heartbreakingly beautiful game. Tennis is played by telegraph. Tennis saves a life or two. The metaphysics of tennis balls is debated. Lovers cavort in a commingling of tennis and desire.
 

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User Review  - ironicqueery - LibraryThing

For the avid tennis fan, this is a great collection of short stories and poetry that feature the game of tennis. Most of the stories are only mediocre from a strictly literary standpoint, although a ... Read full review

Contents

Stories
8
Poems
9
BEGGARS WOULD RIDE Beryl Bainbridge
25
RACKETS AND RICHES AT WIMBLEDON J P Donleavy
43
IN THE LAND OF DREAMY DREAMS Ellen Gilchrist
57
MOTHER COAKLEYS REFORM Brendan Gill
71
THE TENNIS GAME James Jones
107
TENNIS BY CABLE RingLardner
123
A FAIRLY REGULAR FOUR Frederick Raphael
187
THE BLACKTOP CHAMPION OF ICKEY HONEY Robert T Sorrells
207
BALANCE His SWING YOURS Wallace Stegner
239
THE PHANTOM DRIVE William T Tilden
257
MATILDAS ENGLAND I THE TENNIS COURT William Trevor
271
A LAWNTENNISONIAN IDYLL Anonymous
293
TENNIS ELBOW Jim Hall
306
TENNIS Osif Mandelstam
319

THE FACTS OF LIFE W Somerset Maugham
139
PATBALL A A Milne
161

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