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Name:  Christian Karl Messenger  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: East Orange, New Jersey

-- Christian Karl Messenger on WorldCat --

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Christian Messenger is a Professor of American literature and cultural studies at the University of Illinois in Chicago.

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Sport and the Spirit of Play in American Fiction: Hawthorne to Faulkner
ISBN: 0231051697

Columbia University Press. 1983

In this comprehensive and insightful study, Christian K. Messenger contends that American writers have always created characters at play in the sure knowledge that to be active in sport in America is to be in touch with its people, their traditions, and their fantasy lives.

This is the first inclusive critical study of sport in American fiction with chapters on individual authors such as Hawthorne, Lardner, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and Faulkner, as well as studies of sport in the literature of the frontier and in boys' formula fiction. A work of literary criticism, Sport and the Spirit of Play in American Fiction also draws on the cultural history of American sport and leisure and on a century of American literature.

Sport and the Spirit of Play in Contemporary American Fiction
ISBN: 0231070942

Columbia University Press. 1990

The sequel to Messenger's (English, U. of Illinois at Chicago) Sport and the spirit of play in American fiction: Hawthorne to Faulkner . Covering the period since World War II, he considers over 100 novels, treating them thematically, with separate chapters on the fictions of boxing, football, base

Long Time Coming: A Black Athelete's Coming-Of-Age in America
ISBN: 0802115047

Grove Pr. 1995

A player for the Chicago Bulls during the sixties and seventies and one of the first black basketball stars looks back on his life and career, criticizing the treatment of black athletes by the sports establishment. 25,000 first printing. $30,000 ad/promo. Tour.

The Godfather and American Culture: How the Corleones Became "Our Gang"
ISBN: 0791453588

SUNY Press. 2002

A comprehensive look at a classic work of popular fiction and its hold on the American imagination.


Carl Sandburg Literary Award for Non-Fiction for `Sport and the Spirit of Play in America`.

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