(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

Harris, Mark 1922–

Although Harris has had a literary career as an American novelist, short writer, playwright, screenwriter, autobiographer, and editor that has spanned more than thirty-five years, he remains best known for the Lardneresque baseball trilogy he wrote in the fifties. The Southpaw, Bang the Drum Slowly, and A Ticket for a Seamstitch, written from the persona of baseball player-author Henry Wiggen, form a Bildungsroman of a young athlete growing to maturity and making several pithy comments on American manners and morals along the way. Bang the Drum Slowly became a successful movie, for which Harris wrote the screenplay. (See also Contemporary Authors, Vols. 5-8, rev. ed.; Contemporary Authors New Revision Series, Vol. 2.)