The Rocket: A Cultural History of Maurice Richard

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Greystone Books, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
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In his 18 years with the Montréal Canadiens (1942-1960), Maurice Richard's story appeared everywhere from novels to songs, and his name marked streets and public squares. In this entertaining and lavishly illustrated biography, cultural historian Benoît Melançon traces the Rocket's elevation from mortal to myth. The book's opening pages revisit Richard's greatest feats and most memorable moments, from his 1955 suspension for hitting a referee to his standoff with NHL president Clarence Campbell that became a symbol of Quebec nationalism. Melançon then explores the Rocket's legend and mystique -- his burning eyes, wild temper, physical strength, and sudden tendency to break down in tears. The Rocket draws on a rich mix of print sources, photos, and illustrations to show how sportswriters, artists, playwrights, politicians, and ordinary citizens all played a part in immortalizing this extraordinary man and athlete.

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Benoît Melançon , a professor of literature at the Université de Montréal, has published and edited numerous books on Québécois and eighteenth century French literature and on the cultures of Quebec and Canada. He is research director of the Presses de l'Université de Montréal and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He lives in Montreal, Quebec.

International journalist and award-winning literary translator Fred A. Reed is also a respected specialist on politics in the Middle East. He has reported extensively on Middle Eastern affairs for La Presse, CBC Radio-Canada and Le Devoir. He currently resides in Montreal, Quebec.

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