Peter Gent

in Bangor, Michigan, The United States
August 23, 1942

September 30, 2011


George Davis Peter Gent was a Michigan State University basketball player and National Football League wide receiver turned novelist.

After leaving professional football, Gent wrote several novels dealing with the sport. His first and most famous book, a semi-autobiographical novel entitled North Dallas Forty, was published in 1973. Its main characters, a quarterback and a wide receiver, are widely considered to be based on Don Meredith and Gent, respectively. The novel was one of the first to examine the NFL's hypocrisy regarding drug use.

Gent made his home in Texas for many years, where he was friends with many of that state's significant creative minds of the day, including Larry L. King, Billy Lee Brammer, Gary Cartwright, Bud Shrake, J

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3.89 avg rating — 1,365 ratings — published 1973 — 16 editions
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The Franchise

3.87 avg rating — 141 ratings — published 1983 — 8 editions
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North Dallas After 40

3.60 avg rating — 99 ratings — published 1973 — 5 editions
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The Last Magic Summer: A Se...

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Texas Celebrity Turkey Trot

3.35 avg rating — 20 ratings — published 1978 — 4 editions
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The Conquering Heroes

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“Io sono un uomo che ha imparato che la sopravvivenza è il senso della vita, e che la paura e l’odio sono le uniche emozioni. Quello che non puoi superare con l’odio lo devi temere. E ogni giorno è più difficile odiare e più facile avere paura.”
Peter Gent, I mastini di Dallas

“They approach the low-water bridge where Frio Creek Flowed into the Purgatory River. Over the bridge, they passed the eighteen-hole golf course and club house, all built in the river bottom.
'All this had been made safe from flooding by the Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Geological Survey,' Elliot Announced.
'How did they do that?' Maxwell looked around in amazement.
"They sent a lot of majors and colonels and government surveyors and simply announced in wouldn't flood here anymore. Cut right through all that environment red tape and reality”
Peter Gent, North Dallas After 40
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