Chip Taylor Communications

Subject: English: Literature & Writing

English Studies Series

This series of documentaries offers personal and reflective perspectives on important figures in literature, focusing on their writing as well as their personal lives. Programs available on 7 individual DVDs, Digital Streaming Files or Videos; also in a 7-Disc Set. 1 program available in Spanish. Click for more

Mark Harris: Something About a Writer

Harris, Mark: Something About a Writer

Bang the Drum Slowly - Top 100 Best Sports' Stories -Sports Illustrated
"I had the pleasure of speaking with Mark Harris about his writings. He certainly loved the game of baseball, but most important to him, I believe, was the human drama, which is so much a part of his books." -Chip Taylor
Author Mark Harris wrote five non-fiction books and 13 novels, including the baseball books The Southpaw, A Ticket for a Seamstitch, It Looked Like Forever and Bang the Drum Slowly, for which he was best known. He adapted the latter novel for the feature film of the same name, which starred Michael Moriarty and Robert De Niro, who played Bruce Pearson, a catcher dying of Hodgkin's disease. Harris' non-fiction books included City of Discontent: An Interpretive Biography of Vachel Lindsay, Mark the Glove Boy, or The Last Days of Richard Nixon, and Saul Bellow: Drumlin Woodchuck. Harris also devoted much of his time to education. He received a Bachelor's and Master's in English from the University of Denver and a doctorate in American Studies from the University of Minnesota. He taught English at the University of Minnesota, San Francisco State University, Purdue University, California Institute of the Arts, the University of Southern California, the University of Pittsburgh, and the Arizona State University. In this biography the author/educator exposes the allegorical quality of his novels, his dedication to social justice, as well as his personal opposition to war. Produced by Threadbare Film Enterprises. 03/08DE JSCA 25 min.
Also See: Vachel Lindsay: Look Into Your Heart
Associated Movie: Bang the Drum Slowly - starring Robert De Niro, Michael Moriarty and Vincent Gardenia

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