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Boxing : a cultural history

Author: Kasia Boddy
Publisher: London : Reaktion, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
A comprehensive history of boxing's portrayal in literature, art and film. The author considers works in a wide range of media and forms - from Greek odes, hip-hop lyrics and 18th century novels to silent films, murals and comic books.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kasia Boddy
ISBN: 9781861894113 1861894112
OCLC Number: 813190516
Notes: Originally published: 2008.
Description: 478 pages : illustrations (some color), portraits (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: The classical golden age --
The English golden age --
Pugilism and style --
'Fighting, rightly understood' --
'Like any other profession' --
Fresh hopes --
Sport of the future --
Save me, Jack Dempsey; save me, Joe Louis --
King of the hill, and further raging bulls.
Responsibility: Kasia Boddy.


Boxing is one of the oldest and most exciting of sports: its bruising and bloody confrontations have permeated Western culture since 3000 BC. Looking afresh at everything from neo-classical sculpture  Read more...
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A treasure trove for boxing historians and aficionados ... At nearly five hundred densely packed pages ... Boxing: A Cultural History would seem to include everything that has ever been written, Read more...

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