Published on December 7, 2012 by Carol
Author: Michael Ward
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Ellison “Tarzan” Brown was one of America’s premier marathon runners during the 1930s and 1940s. This volume tells the story of his life from the beginning of his budding career in the early 1930s through his untimely death in 1975. With his unorthodox approach to the sport and his spectacular finishes, Tarzan Brown quickly became something of a legend in racing. Inevitably, he became the subject of stories that were not always entirely factual—and sometimes not very flattering. This biography seeks to present an accurate, unbiased account of Brown’s life. The reminiscences of his close friends, family and even his rivals paint a vivid picture of the man and his career. The book covers in considerable depth events such as Brown’s two Boston Marathon victories and his trip to the 1936 Olympic Games in Nazi Germany. Also discussed are the rivalries between Brown and other marathoners of the day. Completing the picture are a look at the more personal aspects of Brown’s life, such as his struggle to support his young family, and an examination of his Narrangansett Indian heritage. The final chapter discusses the misconceptions surrounding Brown’s accidental death outside a bar in 1975. An appendix offers a wealth of information on the sport of running.