The Contender is a novel by Robert Lipsyte that was first published in 1967. Explore a plot summary, an in-depth analysis of Alfred Brooks, and important quotes.


Read our full plot summary and analysis of The Contender, scene-by-scene break-downs, and more.


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

Literary Devices

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Quick Quizzes

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Further Study

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