Boxing has always had its share of violence, disreputable characters and shattered dreams, but as an inspiration for great writing it is unsurpassed.
Spanning the whole of the twentieth century, this collection of 22 intriguing and powerful stories includes some of the world’s greatest fiction writers. Many of the stories are up-beat – of fighters overcoming obstacles in and out of the ring – others reveal the rough underbelly of the sport. Yet more are about life, love and character than about fighting.
Written by literary greats and animated by miscellaneous champions and bums, they all pack the punches to bring the action of the ring to life.
Representing every decade of the 20th century, beloved writers including Nelson Algren, Arthur Conan Doyle, Paul Gallico, John O’Hara, O. Henry, Ring Lardner, Jack London, Ellery Queen, and P. G. Wodehouse write about the fixed fight, courage under pressure, the crooked promoter and death in the ring.
Paul D. Staudohar has edited all of the books in the Sports Best Short Stories series. He is a professor of business administration at California State University at Hayward and lives in Lafayette, California.
“Fans of boxing will relish this literary collection of short stories revolving around boxing experiences, contributed by such notables as A. Conan Doyle, O. Henry, Ring Lardner and more. The classic writers span the entire 20th century and the breadth of boxing experiences.”