cover to the first edition
|Cover artist||Louie (design), Rick Lovell (illustration)|
|Publication date||March 1986|
|Media type||Print (Hardback & Paperback)|
|Dewey Decimal||813/.54 19|
|LC Classification||PS3556.O713 S6 1986|
|Followed by||Independence Day|
The Sportswriter is a 1986 novel by Richard Ford. It is about a failed novelist turned sportswriter who undergoes an existential crisis following the death of his son. In 1995, it was followed by a sequel, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Independence Day. A third installment The Lay of the Land followed in 2006.
Awards and nominations
The novel became Ford's "breakout book" and was named one of Time magazine's five best books of 1986 and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. In 2005, Time also named it one of the 100 best novels in English from the preceding 82 years.
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