The Duffer's Handbook of Golf

By Grantland Rice; Clare Briggs
Tatra Press, Hardcover, 9780977614271, 204pp.

Publication Date: May 2008

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Grantland Rice (1880-1954), famous for his musings and sports stories in the New York Herald Tribune, was arguably the best-loved sports writer of the 20th century. He ultimately established himself nationally in New York at the Herald Tribune. Rice was famous for his literary flourishes, and some of his writing has survived as classic American idioms. It's not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game was coined by Rice. Clare Briggs (1875-1930), one of America' most important and popular cartoonists, produced cartoons for the St. Louis Chronicle, the New York Journal and ultimately to Chicago, where he created A. Piker Clerk, which garnered Briggs national notoriety. In New York he created numerous titles, including When a Feller Needs a Friend, There's at Least One in Every Office and Danny Dreamer.

About the Author
In 1972 I had finished school and was starting out on my career as an artist, working part-time on a trash-collecting crew in Bloomington, Indiana. One day we had taken the garbage truck to pick up a load of old white scrap paper from a printing company. Just as I was about to heave it into the truck's hopper, I thought to myself that maybe I could keep some of it for drawing. The paper measured 23 x 11.5 and had a nice plate surface to it. My supervisor said, "Fine, just fold it up and toss it in the back of the cab," which I did, and when it landed it looked just like a book! That night I suddenly sat up in bed and knew what I was going to do with my immediate future. In appreciation to baseball, I would illustrate "Casey at the Bat," and I would illustrate it on the paper I had rescued earlier that day from the jaws of the garbage truck. A few days later as I was looking through some books of poetry for the "Casey" text, I came across a poem called "Casey's Revenge" by a James Wilson. I'd not seen it before, but after one reading, it moved next on my list of things to illustrate. In 1976 Dover published "Casey at the Bat", with my 56 drawings (one for each line of the poem) and an introduction by Martin Gardner. Then, in 2012 Dover reissued "Casey" in a new format, with a new cover. That nudged me to dig out my old drawings for "Casey's Revenge" and look into getting them published as well, and that is what you see here.Born in Reedsburg, Wisconsin, in 1875, Clare Briggs died of pneumonia in 1930, after struggling with a nervous disorder that was destroying his optic nerve and ability to draw.
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