The Sportswriter

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The Sportswriter
RichardFord TheSportswriter.jpg
First edition
AuthorRichard Ford
Cover artistLouie (design), Rick Lovell (illustration)
CountryUnited States
Publication date
March 1986
Media typePrint (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages375 pp
813/.54 19
LC ClassPS3556.O713 S6 1986
Preceded byThe Ultimate Good Luck 
Followed byIndependence Day 

The Sportswriter is a 1986 novel by Richard Ford, and the first of four books of fiction to feature the protagonist Frank Bascombe.[1] In The Sportswriter, Bascombe is portrayed as a failed novelist turned sportswriter who undergoes an existential crisis following the death of his son. The sequel to The Sportswriter is the Pulitzer Prize-winning Independence Day, published in 1995. After the third installment in the series, titled The Lay of the Land, was published in 2006, the three books together are sometimes identified as "The Bascombe Trilogy." Ford called them "The Bascombe Novels."[2] In 2014, a fourth book in the series, titled Let Me Be Frank With You, was published.[3]

In 2007, HBO announced that it was adapting the books into a six-hour HBO miniseries,[4] but HBO subsequently dropped their option, and any future plans to adapt the novels for the screen have been shelved.[1]

When it appeared in 1986, The Sportswriter was Ford's third published novel.

Awards and nominations[edit]

The novel was named one of Time magazine's five best books of 1986 and was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. In 2005, Time also named it one of the 100 best novels in English from 1923 to 2010.[5]

The novel was later included as part of Time's List of the 100 Best Novels.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Living with Frank Bascombe: An Interview with Richard Ford". The New Yorker. 5 November 2014. Retrieved 20 November 2014.
  2. ^ "The Bascombe Novels". Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Frank and me: Richard Ford on his Bascombe novels". Financial Times. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  4. ^ Fleming, Michael (4 May 2007). "Variety report of HBO series". Variety. Retrieved 20 November 2014.
  5. ^ "Time list of 100 best novels". 16 October 2005. Retrieved 20 November 2014.