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At the time of Marcus Dupree's birth, when Deep South racism was about to crest and shatter against the Civil Rights Movement, Willie Morris journeyed north in a circular transit peculiar to southern writers. His memoir of those years, North Toward Home, became a modern classic. In The Courting of Marcus Dupree he turned again home to Mississippi to write about the small tAt the time of Marcus Dupree's birth, when Deep South racism was about to crest and shatter against the Civil Rights Movement, Willie Morris journeyed north in a circular transit peculiar to southern writers. His memoir of those years, North Toward Home, became a modern classic. In The Courting of Marcus Dupree he turned again home to Mississippi to write about the small town of Philadelphia and its favorite son, a black high-school quarterback. In Marcus Dupree, Morris found a living emblem of that baroque strain in the American character called "southern."Beginning on the summer practice fields, Morris follows Marcus Dupree through each game of his senior varsity year. He talks with the Dupree family, the college recruiters, the coach and the school principal, some of the teachers and townspeople, and, of course, with the young man himself. As the season progresses and the seventeen-year-old Dupree attracts a degree of national attention to Philadelphia neither known nor endured since "the Troubles" of the early sixties, these conversations take on a wider significance. Willie Morris has created more than a spectator's journal. He writes here of his repatriation to a land and a people who have recovered something that fear and misdirected loyalties had once eclipsed. The result is a fascinating, unusual, and even topical work that tells a story richer than its apparent subject, for it brings the whole of the eighties South, with all its distinctive resonances, to life....

Title : The Courting of Marcus Dupree
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ISBN : 9780878055852
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Number of Pages : 464 Pages
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The Courting of Marcus Dupree Reviews

  • Chris
    2019-04-23 22:54

    I only give 5 stars for truly great books like To Kill a Mockingbird or Color Purple, but I would give this book 4.3 stars if I had the option. Maybe it is because I currently live in Philadelphia, MS, though I am not from here and have only lived here for a year and a half, but I found the multiple layers of the story and Willie's beautifully simple way of writing quite compatible. .

  • Jake Wambaugh
    2019-05-02 20:47

    Marcus Dupree was an athlete you would see only once in a lifetime. Willie Morris followed the life of the highly touted athlete in Mississippi from the beginning of his young career. Morris takes on a journey as if you were walking in Dupree's shoes step for step. It all started in the 1970's. In youth football. Dupree played flag football as an 8th grader and he was extraordinary. His local high school team was in need of talent, and lucky for him, there was a local star that had plenty of it. Coach went looking for Dupree and eventually convinced Dupree's mother that he was ready to play high school football, as an 8th grader. The way the author described the scene of the head coach and some of Dupree's older friends trying to convince his mother he was ready was amazing. I was thinking, this exchange right here started a career that would definitely be remembered, but for better of worse? After his high school career packed with physical feats (A 4.4 forty yard dash, 405lb bench press, 6'2 230lb specimen) and athletic achievements, it was time for Dupree to choose from his dozens of college scholarship offers and decide where he would play college football. After the drama between Texas and Oklahoma settled, Dupree chose Oklahoma. Morris takes the reader on a stressful and hectic roller coaster during Duprees recruitment. College was rough for Dupree, he was used to being the best player in the State in high school, and now he was sitting on the bench in college? He didn't like the idea of that, but after loosing the first 4 games, Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer came to his senses and put Dupree in. They started winning right away, and Dupree was in Heisman contention. After a "Sophomore Slump" Dupree faced some injury. Some say he was faint hearted and didnt't want to overcome his injuries, but would he prevail or snap under pressure? That is for you to find out. Willie Morris wrote a captivating story that got me especially interested because of my passion for football and intrigue about athletes. I would recommend this novel to anyone going through the recruiting process or is fascinated with tremendous athletes.

  • Mike Barker
    2019-04-28 02:47

    I got this book for my son who is a sportsman because it had appeared on a list of classic sports-themed books for kids like mine. I decided to read it myself given the praise I had read about it, and to be sure it would be appropriate for a young teen. (It is.) I thoroughly enjoyed it, though it took me a bit longer to get through than is my usual. What Morris has done is drive a link between unfortunate (indeed grisly) events in Neshoba County, MS with the rising star of the eponymous title character. While I might not have drawn such a parallel or influence-casting role between the two events, ultimately I let them work for me. The sports "stuff" was fine, but thankfully that was only a part of what is discussed in the book. It has much to say about race relations in the southern US and the price paid by all US citizens because of our slave history. Most captivating for me personally was mention (over 2 pages) of a United Methodist pastor, Lovett Weems, whom I met after he came on the faculty of the theological school where I studied (roughly the same time period as that covered in the book). Morris also explored his relationship with his dog, which I felt was a little superfluous, but again I decided to let it work for the overall story. Morris also takes some time to explore his own life in sport and his family, both of which I think might deserve some fleshing-out in a separate volume (he may have already done so; I haven't checked his various works). This would be a good book for anyone interested in sports, especially youngsters involved in football, and most especially those young football players to have visions of themselves as stars. Dupree is a good model of the balance between drive and humility we parents would hope to instill in our child-sportspersons. His ultimate demise, whether because of personal failure or the cost of fame, reads as a worthy warning for those same young readers. I enjoyed the book despite the overall sports thing going on. The interwoven reflection on race was most compelling, worthy of perusal by any American citizen.

  • Oliver Bateman
    2019-04-29 03:44

    Willie Morris (of "My Dog Skip" fame) offers an overlong and, at least at points, beautifully written account of the recruiting of Mississippi schoolboy legend Marcus Dupree. Viewed as the second coming (or perhaps the improved version) of Georgia star Herschel Walker, the massive Dupree (who weighed anywhere between 220 and 240 during his playing days) was a bowling-ball running back with astonishing speed and a questionable work ethic. Morris hints at the coming tragedy--as yet unrealized--of the Dupree story with a beautiful passage near the end in which he asks how Dupree how will handle failure, how he'll proceed after "they figure out I'm me." But quite a lot of this material is labored and unduly stretched out, with useful background information about Philadelphia, MS (where Dupree played high school ball) bookended around innumerable shaggy-dog stories about "my dog Pete." In fact, it is the death of Pete, not anything related to Dupree, that concludes the book and, absent a postscript by sportswriter Billy Watkins, leaves one wondering who this book was really about (ha ha ha, just kidding: it's obvious that the book is about WILLIE MORRIS AND HIS DOG PETE FOLLOWING THE MARCUS DUPREE STORY, a fact that would be fine if Morris was "Dr. Gonzo" or some other interesting figure). At any rate, much of this was old news for me--I had watched ESPN's excellent The Best That Never Was documentary prior to reading The Courting of Marcus Dupree, and thus knew how the story ended--and so I wished to speed through it as quickly as possible. While part of me is glad that Morris, who obviously viewed himself as a "dean of Southern letters," took the time to relate this story, another part of me wishes that someone with a better understanding of football (e.g., Paul Zimmerman, Rick Telander) had tackled it. But many of you will enjoy Morris' long digressions about magnolia trees, red clay, and a man's honest and unimpeachable love for his dog, so have at it.

  • David Ward
    2019-05-16 20:55

    The Courting of Marcus Dupree by Willie Morris (Doubleday & Co. 1983) (Biography). I found a reference to this book in a Clay Travis or Sports Illustrated website article - the article's author calls it the best book ever on college football. Willie Morris, the author of the book, is a quintessential Southern writer from the Faulkner school and is the author of My Dog Skip. This book is about a recruit from a tiny town in Mississippi (Philadelphia) who in 1983 was regarded as the "next Herschel Walker." Marcus Dupree wound up at the University of Oklahoma. This book tells how and why. My rating: 7/10, finished 9/1/2010.

  • Audrey
    2019-04-27 03:13

    I was assigned to read this for a history class and I ended up enjoying it! ha who would've thought? Marcus Dupree was more than an incredible high school football player in the early 1980s. He represented a broader racial struggle that was very prevalent in the post-civil rights Southern town of Philadelphia, Mississippi. The book was written about 25-30 years after the lynching of three civil rights workers. Great Read. Would've given it 5 stars, but the author (Willie Morris) is incredibly Narcissistic and focused too much on his own life struggles.

  • D
    2019-05-04 02:04

    i stumbled across this title when reading the always hilarious recaps for Friday Night Lights in New York Magazine online. now that my favorite show on TV is winding down its final season, i'm pre-nostalgic and am in the mood for an excellently written true-adventure sports story That Is So Much More than Football. i am sure my pappy could have told me all about marcus dupree had i asked, and i'll be thinking of him regularly as i page through this one. it appears to be universally acclaimed.

  • j
    2019-05-16 03:44

    a very sad book. willie morris sets out to write a book about mississippi and does. the titular figure fades into the background as morris sets forth innumerable mississippi plateaux, dogs drinking muddy water and boots stained with red clay &c&c. in the end, we learn that black in mississippi is the same as it always was, so even if you succeed, a white writer won't be able to imagine you as a person. recommend, in spite of its failures.

  • Rick Segers
    2019-04-29 01:10

    This is perhaps the best sports book ever written. I was living in Mississippi when this came out and had the opportunity to interview Morris at the time. A very affable man who was a great interview which was no surprise. My autographed first edition is among the prized positions in my antique bookcase that houses my signed books.

  • Andrew Eberle
    2019-05-04 04:03

    Interesting look at recruiting in college football from around the time of my birth. Not surprising to see that recruiters were up to a bunch of shenanigans back then as well, and it's sad that Dupree never reached his full potential.

  • Gary
    2019-05-03 20:09

    saying this book is about high school football is like saying "Moby Dick" was about fishing. Stunning.

  • R.J.
    2019-05-03 23:00

    A brilliant chronicle that draws its strength from its deep-rooted context -- much like the tall, ancient oaks of Mississippi gather strength from the nutrients of their soil, marshaling it upward.

  • Charlie Hewitt
    2019-05-12 20:59

    Wonderful book. I still hate Barry Switzer because of the way he treated Marcus.

  • Kate Neylon
    2019-05-16 19:44

    Willie Morris gives such vivid descriptions of both the people and terrain in my home state. An inside view of college recruiting 40+ years ago in dirt poor MS.

  • Miles Foster
    2019-05-14 20:51

    ESPN Films 30 for 30 "The Best that Never Was" produced by Johnathan Hock in 2010 is better than this book.

  • Jody
    2019-04-21 21:51

    I love reading Willie Morris and this book does not disappoint!