Cultural Significance in "The Art of Fielding" Book Review by Carly Evans

A book review of the best-selling novel "The Art of Fielding" by Chad Harbach.
# 150026 | 846 words | 4 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published by on Jan 22, 2012 in Literature (American)

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This paper is a book review that summarizes the debut novel of Chad Harbach entitled "The Art of Fielding". The writer purports that this novel was one of the most significant novels of 2011 because it has been well-received by many critics. Using reviews and outside descriptions, the review addresses the cultural significance of this important new voice in modern fiction.

Book Summary

From the Paper:

"The Art of Fielding is the debut novel by Chad Harbach. The Art of Fielding was released to widely positive reviews and is a New York Times Best Seller. It was rated as #1 amongst the Best Books of 2011 by Amazon; there are also plans in the works by HBO to produce a television drama based on the book.
Before the release of this novel, Chad Harbach was primarily known as one of the co-founders and co-editors of the literary magazine n+1. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Harbach pursued his education at Harvard and the University of Virginia.
"Harbach worked on The Art of Fielding for 10 years and was rejected by several publishing houses at first. This journey to publication was documented by Vanity Fair in the e-book, Vanity Fair's How a Book is Born: The Making of the Art of Fielding, written by n+1 co-founder Keith Gessen. The e-book follows Harbach from his pursuit of his MFA to his eventual national book tour in support of Fielding. The e-book is also a dissection of the cutthroat world of New York publishing, highlighting the imbalance between large publishing houses and small ones that don't have the backing of multinational corporations. When Harbach was finally able to get interest in his novel, several publishing houses jumped to attention and bid for the debut during a two-day phone auction- it was eventually sold to Brown for 650,000 USD. (Boroff, 2010)"

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Boroff, P. (2010, March 31). Unemployed Harvard Man Auctions Baseball Novel for $650,000. Retrieved January 15, 2011, from
  • Bound, I. (2011). The Art of Fielding. Retrieved January 15, 2012, from Indie Bound:
  • Cowles, G. (2011, September 9). Big League Anxiety on the Baseball Diaming. Retrieved January 15, 2012, from New York Times:
  • Hachette. (2011). The Art of Fielding. Retrieved January 15, 2012, from Hachette Book Group:

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