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May13, 2009

Vol. 109, No. 13

Deford ’61’s writings

In response to: More than the game

Thank you for the wonderful article about the extraordinary accomplishments of Frank Deford ’61 (cover story, March 4). Frank is perhaps the most sensitive and sophisticated sportswriter of our generation. I write merely to add what was not mentioned. First, Frank is also the author of several remarkable books about tennis, including biographies of Bill Tilden and Billie Jean King and the finest biography ever written about Arthur Ashe. Second, there was no mention of Alex: The Life of a Child (Rutledge Hill Press, 1997), a poignant biography of his daughter, Alexandra, who had cystic fibrosis and died young — and the Defords’ subsequent decision to adopt a daughter who brought them so much joy. Only Frank could have written as thoughtful and insightful a book as this one, in which he spares the reader no family moment or feeling. Alex is quite simply the finest book of its kind I have ever had the privilege to read. Frank Deford is a gifted and generous man.

Paul Kurzman ’60
New York, N.Y.

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