Elliott J. Gorn's The Manly Art tells the story of
boxing's origins and the sport's place in American culture. When
first published in 1986, the book helped shape the ways historians
write about American sport and culture, expanding scholarly
boundaries by exploring masculinity as an historical subject and by
suggesting that social categories like gender, class, and ethnicity
can be understood only in relation to each other.
This updated edition of Gorn's highly influential history of the
early prize rings features a new afterword, the author's meditation
on the ways in which studies of sport, gender, and popular culture
have changed in the quarter century since the book was first
published. An up-to-date bibliography ensures that The Manly
Art will remain a vital resource for a new generation.