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The Courting of Marcus Dupree

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  171 Ratings  ·  17 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 small t ...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published October 8th 1992 by University Press of Mississippi (first published 1983)
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Nov 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
I only give 5 stars for truly great books like To Kill a Mockingbird or Color Purple, but I would give this book 4.3 stars if I had the option. Maybe it is because I currently live in Philadelphia, MS, though I am not from here and have only lived here for a year and a half, but I found the multiple layers of the story and Willie's beautifully simple way of writing quite compatible. .
Jake Wambaugh
May 16, 2013 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
Mike Barker
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I got this book for my son who is a sportsman because it had appeared on a list of classic sports-themed books for kids like mine. I decided to read it myself given the praise I had read about it, and to be sure it would be appropriate for a young teen. (It is.) I thoroughly enjoyed it, though it took me a bit longer to get through than is my usual. What Morris has done is drive a link between unfortunate (indeed grisly) events in Neshoba County, MS with the rising star of the eponymous title ch ...more
Oliver Bateman
Jan 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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
David Ward
Sep 29, 2010 rated it it was ok
The Courting of Marcus Dupree by Willie Morris (Doubleday & Co. 1983) (Biography). 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 quintessential 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 Hersc ...more
Jul 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
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 marked it as to-read
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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.
Dec 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
Nov 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing
saying this book is about high school football is like saying "Moby Dick" was about fishing. Stunning.
Sep 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Charlie Hewitt
May 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book. I still hate Barry Switzer because of the way he treated Marcus.
Kate Neylon
Feb 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
Miles Foster
Sep 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
ESPN Films 30 for 30 "The Best that Never Was" produced by Johnathan Hock in 2010 is better than this book.
May 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love reading Willie Morris and this book does not disappoint!
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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.” 14 likes
“As with many Southern Writers, I believe that the special quality of the land itself indelibly shapes the people who dwell upon it.” 9 likes
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