Charles Willeford’s Cockfighter
was first obscurely released in 1962, later revised in ’72 for hardcover and excerpted in Sports Illustrated
, prompting incensed reader mail about its SPCA-baiting subject matter. Now, thanks to the Brooklyn-based PictureBox, Willeford’s unsentimental and funny bloodsport drama is in print again.
strains to bust out of the pulp-fiction ghetto it was born into, as has Willeford’s body of work as a whole; since his death in 1988, his readership has gone