Paperback. Pub Date: 1996 Pages: 420 Publisher: Mariner Books The Only Book of its kind. Tennis and the meaning of Life is a Resplendent collection of the best fiction (and poetry!) Written about this sportobsession The stories are hilarious and sad. whimsical and philosophical - and thoroughly saturated with the art of the game. Everyone who thrills to a good match and delights in good writing will love this dazzling anthology of the best tennis ever played in literature. If any sport is a metaphor for our complicated human existence. tennis is. The cumulative effect of these stories is to see life through tennis. and to see tennis itself portrayed more beautifully than ever before.