First Edition Of John Updikes Collection of Golf Writings; Signed by Updike, Illustrator Paul Szep and Jack Nicklaus
Golf Dreams: Writings on Golf.
Updike, John; Illustrated by Paul Szep (Jack Nicklaus).
Item Number: 79805
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1996.
First edition of this classic collection of golf stories by John Updike. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by John Updike and signed by the illustrator Paul Szep on the front free endpaper. Additionally inscribed by Jack Nicklaus to the same recipient on the front pastedown. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
John Updike wrote about the lure of golf for five decades, from the first time he teed off at the age of twenty-five until his final rounds at the age of seventy-six. Golf Dreams collects the most memorable of his golf pieces, high-spirited evidence of his learning, playing, and living for the game. The camaraderie of golf, the perils of its present boom, how to relate to caddies, and how to manage short putts are among the topics he addresses, sometimes in lyrical essays, sometimes in light verse, sometimes in wickedly comic fiction. All thirty pieces have the lilt of a love song, and the crispness of a firm chip stiff to the pin.