The Courting of Marcus Dupree Hardcover – Oct 1983
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Morris returned in 1980 to a radically changed and changing place, and although the locale for 80% of the book is Philadelphia, a Central Mississippi "hill" town, rather than the edge-of-the-Delta Yazoo City of his boyhood, Morris, as usual, evocatively captures the scenes, images, and activity of this town and the state as a whole, in his account of a high school senior All-State running-back and the nationwide recruiting for his talents. Actually, I remember firsthand the media sensation surrounding Marcus Dupree from Philadelphia High School in the fall of 1981, partly because I was a sophomore in high school in another Mississippi town about 150 miles away. In his descriptions of the high school and town itself, the students, the often uneasy yet usually unaffected black-white relationships by that time, and the fervor of high school athletics itself, especially fall football was all, to me, right-on-target and accurate. Morris' eye for detail in the area of social interaction; the picking up of the subtle look or gesture, or offhand comment, reported as indeed, non-fiction, rather than creating fictional characters, is one of his strong suits.Read more ›
I must agree, Marcus is witty, funny and a charm. He has a majestic technique that steals your soul. I know when we first met that I was mesmerized. And I was intrigued by his smooth talk. However, I learned that not everything that looks good is good.
In response to the comment, on February 28, 1999, "Marcus Dupree, the man, the myth, the legend," I wonder do you really know him? To meet someone for the very first time and think you know them is very premature. Well, I thought, I knew him. But unto my beliefs, I was mistaken. I found out that because you are intimate with someone is not justification to really knowing him. Yes, I was blinded. But I am no longer.
In the future, I hope you really get to know him, before you make such a statement.
The book hits several different topics. Obviously his recruitment of many football schools at times take center stage. But much of the book also discusses the effect of a black athlete becoming a state hero in Mississippi and gaining fans of all races. The foil of Dupree's time to that of two decades earlier when three cival rights activists were brutally murdered by the Klan. And the author, Willie Morris, contrasting and comparing his life with what he sees around him while following Dupree.
I recommend this book to anyone looking for a great personal account that takes you back to 1981 Mississippi, civil rights, and the power of football.
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I read this book again recently and it was better than I remembered. It was so interesting to see how one 17 year old boy could dominate one small town's conversations. Read morePublished on July 16 2001
I was expecting a good read about the recruitment of a football player, and got that along with a fascinating tale of civil rights in the South. Read morePublished on Aug. 10 1999