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A better title for this book would be Gloomy Gus Goes to College.
In Whatever Happened to Gloomy Gus of the Chicago Bears?, Coover offers a very curious sort of historical novel, one that recasts Richard Nixon as an automaton-like football player, giving us an alternate version of American history, one free of Nixon as politician.
For instance, "Othello" is listed and defined under the category of anger and "Gloomy Gus" under pessimism.