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September 16, 2002


John Dizikes's book Sportsmen & Gamesmen has recently been published in a new edition.

Sportsmen & Gamesmen, a collection of biographical sketches of 19th-century Americans by John Dizikes, has just been published in a new edition by the University of Missouri Press.

Dizikes, professor emeritus of American studies, draws the distinction between sportsmen who play the game for itself, and gamesman who are trying to achieve something outside the game.

From Andrew Jackson to P. T. Barnum, Sportsmen & Gamesmen tells the stories of Americans involved in popular sporting life. At the time of the volume's initial publication in 1981, the New York Times wrote "It's a pleasure to meet some of the less familiar sporting and gaming figures that Mr. Dizikes introduces in his volume."

Included in the collection are James Cox Stevens, whose winning yacht, America, lent its name to the sailing prize cup after its victory in the initial race; the brilliant chess player Paul Morphy who went mad; and the tale of a pugilist and his girlfriend, John C. Heenan and Adah Menken.

Through the lives he describes, Dizikes also reveals 19th-century American culture, and the gradual process of creating an American sporting culture distinct from the British aristocratic sporting tradition.

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