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The Courting of Marcus Dupree

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  114 ratings  ·  16 reviews
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 sma ...more
Paperback, 463 pages
Published October 8th 1992 by University Press of Mississippi (first published 1983)
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Oliver Bateman
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 ...more
Jake Wambaugh
Jun 04, 2013 Jake Wambaugh marked it as to-read
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. ...more
Kate Neylon
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.
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 Na ...more
May 30, 2011 D marked it as to-read
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.
David Ward
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 quintessintial 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 ...more
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
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
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.
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.
Miles Foster
ESPN Films 30 for 30 "The Best that Never Was" produced by Johnathan Hock in 2010 is better than this book.
saying this book is about high school football is like saying "Moby Dick" was about fishing. Stunning.
Charlie Hewitt
Wonderful book. I still hate Barry Switzer because of the way he treated Marcus.
I love reading Willie Morris and this book does not disappoint!
The old HARPER'S editor could have used some revisions
I need to stick to Morris fiction I have decided.
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William Weaks "Willie" Morris (November 29, 1934 — August 2, 1999), was an American writer and editor born in Jackson, Mississippi, though his family later moved to Yazoo City, Mississippi, which he immortalized in his works of prose. Morris' trademark was his lyrical prose style and reflections on the American South, particularly the Mississippi Delta. In 1967 he became the youngest editor of Har ...more
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“I have always had a love for American geography, and especially for the landscapes of the South. One of my pleasures has been to drive across it, with no one in the world knowing where I am, languidly absorbing the thoughts and memories of old moments, of people vanished now from my life.” 7 likes
“As with many Southern Writers, I believe that the special quality of the land itself indelibly shapes the people who dwell upon it.” 7 likes
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