[UCP Books]: Love Game: A History of Tennis, from Victorian Pastime to Global Phenomenon

“A sporting history unlike any I've read—one that, in its sophistication and thoughtfulness, shows up the hollowness of most other accounts.” —Observer

Love Game

A History of Tennis, from Victorian Pastime to Global Phenomenon
Elizabeth Wilson

Published by University of Chicago Press

May 23, 2016 352 pages $27.50
ISBN: 978-0-226-37128-3 5 ½ X 8 ½; 19 halftones Cloth

When David Foster Wallace called a certain tennis pro’s autobiography “breathtakingly insipid,” it didn’t take tremendous imagination—nor even a read of the book—to understand where he was coming from. The very best sports writing doesn’t just forgo the vapid platitudes or drama-sucking niceties that characterize the very worst. It doesn’t just relay players’ stories in competent prose or show that a writer has spent adequate time among the microfiche and reels. It doesn’t just “get inside the game”—it takes the game beyond itself.

That’s exactly what Elizabeth Wilson does in this stunning history. In Wilson’s hands the tennis court becomes the dramatic stage for so much that we have undergone as a global society: class, gender, and race struggles; world wars; the rise of mass media, commercialism, and technology; the ebbs and flows of political ideologies and cultural trends; and, of course, the evolution of sports themselves, of fans and the heroes they worship. While keeping the tennis court square in our sights, Wilson gives us so much more, a history of ourselves as much as of the game.

Elizabeth Wilson is a novelist and nonfiction writer whose many books include Cultural Passions, Adorned in Dreams, and The Sphinx in the City.

Contact Ryo Yamaguchi ryamaguchi@press.uchicago.edu / 773. 834.8708 for more information. 


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