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The Contender

  • Study Guide

The Contender is a novel by Robert Lipsyte that was first published in 1967.


Read a Plot Overview of the entire book or a chapter by chapter Summary and Analysis.


See a complete list of the characters in The Contender and in-depth analyses of Alfred Brooks, Mr. Donatelli, James, and Mr. Epstein.

Main Ideas

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