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Lawson: Paul Morphy

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'Paul Morphy: The Pride and Sorrow of Chess is the only full-length biography of Paul Morphy, the antebellum chess prodigy who launched United States participation in international chess and is still generally acknowledged as the greatest American chess player of all time.
\r\nBut Morphy was more than a player. He was a shy, retiring lawyer who had been taught that such games were no way to make a living. The strain of his fame and the pull of his domineering family led Morphy to set another precedent: chess madness.
\r\nMorphy\''s mental descent after retiring from chess became a part of his lore, made all the more magnanimous by a spate of twentieth-century examples.
\r\nThe Pride and Sorrow of Chess tells the full known story of the life of Paul Morphy, from his privileged upbringing in New Orleans to his dominance of the chess world, to the later tragedy of his demise.
\r\nThis new edition of David Lawson\''s seminal work, still the principal source for all Morphy biographical presentations, also includes new biographical material about the biographer himself, telling the story of the author, his opus, and the previously unknown life that brought him to the research.
\r\nThomas Aiello is an assistant professor of history at Valdosta State University. He is the editor of Dan Burley\''s Jive (Northern Illinois University Press, 2009) and author of several forthcoming titles.
\r\nEditor’s Introduction
\r\nA Note on the Text
\r\nAuthor’s Introduction
\r\nLawson’s Photo Gallery
\r\nChapter 1: The New World Welcomes
\r\nChapter 2: Three Encounters and a Problem
\r\nChapter 3: A Surprise Encounter
\r\nChapter 4: From School to the Mississippi
\r\nChapter 5: The National Chess Congress
\r\nChapter 6: First Prize and Congress Aftermath
\r\nChapter 7: The Challenge
\r\nChapter 8: London and Lowenthal
\r\nChapter 9: Staunton and Stakes
\r\nChapter 10: Harrwitz and “Letters of Gold”
\r\nChapter 11: The Staunton Miscarriage
\r\nChapter 12: La Régence and Society
\r\nChapter 13: “Morphy Won’t Let Me”
\r\nMorphy’s Image Gallery
\r\nChapter 14: “The World Is His Fatherland”
\r\nChapter 15: Farewell to England
\r\nChapter 16: Testimonials and the Queen’s Knight
\r\nChapter 17: Morphy and the Ledger
\r\nChapter 18: The Deacon Games
\r\nChapter 19: Odds Before Even
\r\nChapter 20: Kolisch, Secession, and Cuba
\r\nChapter 21: Paris and Petroff
\r\nChapter 22: Paul Morphy, Attorney at law
\r\nChapter 23: Paris, Frustration and Obsessions
\r\nChapter 24: Psychoanalysts and Paul Morphy
\r\nChapter 25: The Pride and Sorrow of Chess
\r\nChapter 26: Trophies and Authenticity
\r\nAuthor\''s Bibliography
\r\nEditor’s Annotated Bibliography
\r\n398 Seiten, 2010, kartoniert, englisch.'