Author's Bio -Lipsyte was born on January 16, 1938, in New York City, the son of Fanny and Sidney I. Lipsyte. He grew up in Rego Park, a neighborhood in the New York city borough of Queens. Lipsyte’s father was a school principal, his mother a teacher. Young Robert devoted his childhood to books rather than sports. Instead of sharing a game of catch with his father, the two often visited the library. Robert's son, Sam Lipsyte, is also an author and teacher at Columbia University in New York.
Genre, Theme, Setting- The book the Contender about a young black African American teenager that lives with his aunt and her kids. But when life starts to go crazy for him he turns to boxing.
Plot Summary- Alfred is a young black African American boy who lives with his aunt. He is a drop out of high school. When his best friend goes to jail. He doesn't know what to do because his life starts to fall apart.