Jane Schwartz


Each of the works listed in the center column has its own page. You can read excerpts by clicking on the title in the far right column.





My Work

"[She] was the larger-than-life filly with the perfect record; the coal-black daughter of Reviewer and Shenanigans; the speedball, the beauty, the female, the freak." (p. 72)

RUFFIAN: BURNING FROM THE START
"Jane Schwartz has written, with considerable grace and evident love, a superb, painstakingly researched portrait of this most remarkable of thoroughbred fillies."
--Los Angeles Times Book Review

"Movingly and powerfully tells the story of the legendary filly...An unusually vivid account of the world of racing."
--New York Daily News

"[An]exceptionally fine book...The world of racing--the people, the smells, politics, emotions--is what the writer wants to show us. And show us she does,brilliantly."
--Cosmopolitan

"Schwartz eloquently captures the spirit and style of this undefeated filly who beat all comers save death...This is an exhilarating yet sad tale of the thrills and fears of horse racing. Highly recommended."
--Library Journal
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CAUGHT
My novel CAUGHT was inspired by my real life encounters with the pigeon flyers in the Greenpoint/Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. I moved to the neighborhood because of the birds, and I still live there. Unfortunately, almost no flyers remain.

"...rich with the voice of the streets and with the most intimate details of being a child....Louie's world is harsh, unyielding and tough; the tale is moving, engrossing, and thoroughly believable."
--The New York Times Book Review

"Strong and graceful writing."
--St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Could find itself in the position of The Catcher in the Rye...sharing the company of classics."
--Kansas City Star

"Impressive....Funny and fast-paced, but very serious in its concern with freedom and limitations."
--Maureen Howard
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GRAMMAR POWER
If you can drive a car, if you can play a sport or a board game -- basically, if you can manage to dress yourself when you get up in the morning -- you can learn everything you need to know about grammar.(You already know 90% of it, and you haven't even started yet.)
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WALKING AROUND THE WORLD
I've been putting together a series of poems, old and new, that I've written over many years about people and places (mostly unknown people and places, in the public sense) that I've encountered in my travels, both those taken in the real world and those imaginary ones taken through the pages of books.



Selected Works

Biography; Nonfiction; Sports
RUFFIAN: BURNING FROM THE START
The definitive portrait of the greatest filly in thoroughbred racing, and of the people and politics that shaped her brilliant, tragic career.
Fiction
CAUGHT
Set in the rooftop world of the Brooklyn pigeon-flyers, where the beauty and freedom of the skies offers a sharp contrast to the narrowness and violence of the streets, Caught is the story of an unusual friendship that develops between a ten-year-old girl and a grown man.
Poems
WALKING AROUND THE WORLD
Here are a few of the poems that I'm collecting into a book.
Reference
GRAMMAR POWER
A humorous self-help grammar book for adults.



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