Letterati

By Paul McCarthy

Letterati
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This guide charts the development of competitive Scrabble in North America and the control of the game exerted by Hasbro, Inc., the holder of the game's trademark. Through more than a hundred interviews, the evolution of Scrabble from the hustler-populated game rooms of New York ... Read more


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This guide charts the development of competitive Scrabble in North America and the control of the game exerted by Hasbro, Inc., the holder of the game's trademark. Through more than a hundred interviews, the evolution of Scrabble from the hustler-populated game rooms of New York City in the 1960s, before the organized game even existed, to the 2004 National Championship, where more than 800 players vied for $89,000 in prize money is detailed. Examining its origins, strategies, changes, and the business behind it all, this is a comprehensive look behind the game of Scrabble.

Paul McCarthy

Paul McCarthy is a freelance magazine writer who has appeared in American Health, Equinox, Omni, Oncology Today, Psychology Today, The Scientist, and others. He has been a club and tournament Scrabble player for 11 years and is ranked in the top 10 percent of players in North America. He lives in Littleton, Colorado.

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