[MOBI] ☆ A Ticket for a Seamstitch | By ↠ Mark Harris #2020
A Ticket for a Seamstitch By Mark Harris This is the third novel narrated by Henry Wiggen, a six foot three inch, 195 pound, left handed pitcher for the New York Mammoths Henry, who began as a rookie in The Southpaw and developed into a pro in Bang the Drum Slowly, is a mature veteran in A Ticket for a Seamstitch A seamstress from somewhere out West writes to Henry, her hero, that she will be in New York to wThis is the third novel narrated by Henry Wiggen, a six foot three inch, 195 pound, left handed pitcher for the New York Mammoths Henry, who began as a rookie in The Southpaw and developed into a pro in Bang the Drum Slowly, is a mature veteran in A Ticket for a Seamstitch A seamstress from somewhere out West writes to Henry, her hero, that she will be in New York to watch the Mammoths play on the Fourth of July When she arrives in New York, both the married Henry and his pal, the very unmarried Thurston Piney Woods, are at a loss as to what to do with their visitor The two men finally do the decent thing they take the seamstress to the automat for dinner In so doing, they both learn some things worth knowing, although the distraction undoubtedly affects their performance in the big game In the essay Easy Does It Not Mark Harris describes the origins of this wonderfully comic novel.
Harris was born Mark Harris Finkelstein in Mount Vernon, New York, to Carlyle and Ruth Klausner Finkelstein At the age of 11, he began keeping a diary, which he would maintain for every day of his life thereafter.After graduating in 1940 from Mount Vernon High School, he dropped his surname because it was a difficult time for kids with Jewish names to get jobs He subsequently went to work for Paul Winkler s Press Alliance news agency in New York City as a messenger and mimeograph operator.He was drafted into the United States Army in January 1943 His growing opposition to war and his anger at the prevalence of racial discrimination in the Army led him to go AWOL from Camp Wheeler, Georgia, in February 1944 He was soon arrested and then hospitalized for psychoneurosis He was honorably discharged in April 1944 His wartime experience formed the basis for two of his novels, Trumpet to the World 1946 and Something About a Soldier 1957.Harris joined The Daily Item of Port Chester, New York, as a reporter in May 1944 A year later he accepted a position with PM in New York City but was fired after two months In July 1945 he was hired by the International News Service and moved to St Louis While there, he met coworker Josephine Horen, whom he would marry in March 1946 After resigning in July 1946, he spent the next year and a half in a succession of short lived journalism jobs in Albuquerque, New Mexico Albuquerque Journal , Chicago Negro Digest and Ebony , and New York Park Row News Service.In February 1948, Harris abandoned journalism to enroll in the University of Denver, from which he received a Master s degree in English in 1951 as well as obtaining a PhD in American Studies from the University of Minnesota in 1956.In September 1956, he was hired by the English department of San Francisco State College, where he taught until 1967 He went on to teach at several other universities, including Purdue, California Institute of the Arts, the University of Southern California, and the University of Pittsburgh In September 1980, he joined the faculty of Arizona State, where he was a professor of English and taught in the creative writing program until his retirement in 2001.His first novel, Trumpet to the World, is the story of a young black soldier married to a white woman who is put on trial for striking back at a white officer, was published in 1946, and he continued to produce novels and contribute to periodicals through the years In 1960, while in his first college teaching position, Harris promoted his then most recent book in a TV appearance as guest contestant in You Bet Your Life , a game played on The Groucho Show.In January 1962, Something About a Soldier, a stage version of Harris s novel, played briefly on Broadway Written by Ernest Kinoy and produced by the Theatre Guild, it featured Sal Mineo in the lead role Later, the novel Bang the Drum Slowly was adapted into a stage play at the Next Theatre in Evanston, Illinois.Harris died of complications of Alzheimer s disease at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital at age 84 He was survived by his wife, Josephine Horen his sister, Martha two sons, one daughter, and three grandchildren.Harris was best known for a quartet of novels about baseball players The Southpaw 1953 , Bang the Drum Slowly 1956 , A Ticket for a Seamstitch 1957 , and It Looked Like For Ever 1979 Written in the vernacular, the books are the account of Henry Author Wiggen, a pitcher for the fictional New York Mammoths In 1956, Bang the Drum Slowly was adapted for an installment of the dramatic television anthology series The United States Steel Hour starring Paul Newman as Wiggen and Albert Salmi as doomed catcher Bruce Pearson The novel also became a major motion picture in 1973, with a screenplay written by Harris, directed by John D Hancock and featuring Michael Moriarty as Wiggen and Robert De Niro as Pearson.
A Ticket for a Seamstitch By Mark Harris
[MOBI] ☆ A Ticket for a Seamstitch | By ↠ Mark Harris Mark Harris