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Little wonder : the fabulous story of Lottie Dod, the worlds first female sports superstar / Sasha Abramsky.

Abramsky, Sasha, (author.).

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  • 1 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Crookston Public Library 796.342 ABR (Text) 33500013297064 New Checked out 12/03/2020
Hallock Public Library 796.342 ABR (Text) 35500006305278 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781617758195
  • ISBN: 1617758191
  • Physical Description: 280 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
  • Publisher: Brooklyn, New York : Edge of Sports, [2020]

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"Lottie Dod was a truly extraordinary sports figure who blazed trails of glory in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Dod won Wimbledon five times, and did so for the first time in 1887, at the ludicrously young age of fifteen. After she grew bored with competitive tennis, she moved on to and excelled in myriad other sports: she became a leading ice skater and tobogganist, a mountaineer, an endurance bicyclist, a hockey player, a British ladies' golf champion, and an Olympic silver medalist in archery. In her time, Dod had a huge following, but her years of distinction occurred just before the rise of broadcast media. By the outset of World War I, she was largely a forgotten figure; she died alone and without fanfare in 1960. Little Wonder brings this remarkable woman's story to life, contextualizing it against a backdrop of rapid social change and tectonic shifts in the status of women in society. Dod was born into a world in which even upper-class women such as herself could not vote, were restricted in owning property, and were assumed to be fragile and delicate. Women of Lottie Dod's class were expected not to work and to definitely get married. Dod never married and never had children, instead putting heart and soul into training to be the best athlete she could possibly be. Paving the way for the likes of Billie Jean King, Serena Williams, and other top female athletes of today, Dod accepted no limits, no glass ceilings, and always refused to compromise."

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 June #1
    *Starred Review* England's Charlotte "Lottie" Dod was a five-time Wimbledon singles champion in the late nineteenth century, her first trophy coming in 1887, when she was 15. Dod was more than a top tennis player; she was also a golf champion, skilled mountaineer, endurance bicyclist, toboggan racer, field-hockey pioneer, and a 1908 Olympic silver medalist in archery. Abramsky, a lifelong tennis fan and a political journalist whose work appears regularly in The Nation, masterfully captures the life of this little-known sportswoman, a versatile female athlete comparable to Babe Didrikson Zaharias. In an eloquently written narrative, spiced with vivid descriptions of the Victorian era and the early twentieth century, he shines a light on Dod's athletic triumphs as well as her family dynamics, her years as a British Red Cross nurse during WWI, and her accomplishments as a singer and pianist. Her nickname may have been "Little Wonder," but Dod was a genuine history-maker whose remarkable athletic accomplishments challenged societal norms. In 1986, she was posthumously inducted into the International Women's Sports Hall of Fame. This fine biography makes a significant contribution to sports history and women's studies and should go a long way to bringing Dod's inspirational story to a new audience.Women in Focus: the 19th in 2020. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

SASHA ABRAMSKY is a freelance journalist whose work has appeared over the past twenty-five years in major newspapers and magazines in the United States and United Kingdom. These include the Nation, the Atlantic, the New Yorker online, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, the New York Times, the Guardian, the Independent, the Observer, and the New Statesman. He has written widely about poverty and inequality; hunger; mass incarceration; the treatment of immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers; along with book reviews, cultural essays, and travel writing. Little Wonder is Abramsky's ninth book. He teaches writing part-time at the University of California, Davis, and lives in Sacramento with his wife and two children.

Subject: Dod, Lottie, 1871-1960.
Women tennis players > England > Biography.
Tennis players > England > Biography.
Women athletes > England > Biography.
Athletes > England > Biography.
Genre: Biographies.

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