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The Courting of Marcus Dupree

by Willie Morris

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3897. The Courting of Marcus Dupree, by Willie Morris (read 8 June 2004) Because I so liked the author's books My Dog Skip (read 13 Jan 2002) and My Cat Spit McGee (read 1 Dec 2002), I read this amazing account of the football career of a black athlete born in 1964 in Philadelphia, Mississippi (the locale of the murders of Goodman, Schwerner, and Chaney that year so well told in the book We Are Not Afraid, by Seth Cagin and Philip Dray [read by me 6 Dec 2000]). Dupree had an astounding high school career in the integrated high school, and since I don't know much about football I read the account of his being sought by colleges with no idea as to which college would succeed in recruiting him, nor what his college career would be. Willie Morris was a stupendously good writer, and this is a great book, and reading it made me want to read more by its author. ( )
  Schmerguls | Nov 5, 2007 |
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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 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.

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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 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 fie… (more)

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